Carmyn Kivel and her new friend, Wes, the mail carrier.
2020 Left This Michigander So Sad She Wanted to Skip the Holidays. Then She Got 1,200 Christmas Cards.

Hundreds of cards from around the world made Christmas worthwhile for Camryn Kivel, who is living with cognitive impairment, albinism, and the isolation of 2020.

Photo by Sarah Lemp: @purposeblog
Cruise Through Glenlore Trails’ Aurora for Some Socially-Distant Christmas Lights Cheer

A canopy of lights hovers above the trails, making for a magical holiday ride.

Camryn proudly displays a large, unique Christmas card sent to her through her Facebook group.
PHOTOS: The Michigander Spreading Holiday Cheer and Supporting the Post Office in the Cutest Way

All she wants for Christmas is a nice card filled with cheer. Here’s how you can keep a local woman’s spirits high this holiday season.

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ROADMAP: The Ultimate Christmas Light Route in Michigan

We did all the research so you don’t have to. Gas up the car and charge your phone because these displays will take you from the Canadian border to mid-Michigan and back.

PHOTOS: 15 Michigan Light Shows Where Your Family Can Celebrate and Be COVID-Safe in 2020

Whether you prefer to cruise from the warmth of your ride or bundle up for a stroll through a holiday display, these fantasies-come-true are a must-see this holiday season.

Michigan winters often bring sub-zero temperatures, making for dangerous conditions for Michiganders without heat. These warming centers across the state can help.
Michigan Warming Centers: 22 Places Helping Families Through Winter in a Pandemic

With winter temperatures regularly dropping below freezing—and often below zero—these centers can help Michiganders without access to heat stay warm.

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Small Business Saturday: This Black-Owned Business Is Dedicated to the Owner’s Grandmother. Check Out 12th and Viv.

The luxury boutique bears the family matriarch’s name and carries on her regal legacy with lush home goods.