There's a real festive spirit about this month's Village Voice.
Our photographer was there to capture the scene as the Christmas lights in Melbourne were switched on and the local shops stayed open until late.
On the subject of shops we are highlighting the popularity and variety that our local businesses have to offer. From picture frames to bird feeders, jewellery to lighting made from bits of metal, from hand-made fairies to bamboo toothbrushes, wines and cheeses to grandfather clocks ... the list is endless. And they're all available in the area. No need for Amazon or eBay.
This year's Christmas message comes from Father Joel Nwalozie, priest at Melbourne Catholic Church. He reflects on what the festive celebrations were like when he was growing up in his native Biafra. It is an awe-inspiring read.
The Fuller family from Weston-on-Trent also have a fascinating tale to tell. They are the stars of Dunelm's TV ad campaign and have been appearing on our screens for the past month. In the adverts the family are seen talking together about how they like to celebrate Christmas together, with the children taking charge of setting out the festive spread.
The visit by Britain's first female bishop, the Right Revd. Libby Lane to Melbourne plus a look back at the Remembrance Day service are also covered in the December edition.
And there is a feature about local building firm G W Heath & Sons, who are celebrating their half century.
Eight-year-old Daniel Sabin is flying high after lifting top prize in a major national ballroom dancing competition in Blackpool. He is pictured with his trophy alongside his sister, Lottie, who was also successful.
Our sports pages cover everything from football success for the Dynamo club to black belt awards for local karate club members.
All in all a packed edition to help see us out of 2019 and into 2020.
We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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