‘Tis the Season for Christmas Traditions - Yaritsa Galicia

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By Yaritsa Galicia, Monroe City Life Director


This month has been difficult one for both myself and our students. We love spending time together in person and we miss our normal annual Christmas parties, seeing the lights, and taking other fun trips to spread the holiday cheer. Even though we can't do our traditional events, we can still show our students how much we appreciate them, miss them, and love them by dropping off some Christmas goodies at their doors with encouraging notes.

Our latest drop off was actually very special! With loving support and a donation from Vicki Berg, we were able to purchase and drop off to each student their own pre-packaged gingerbread house kit along with our annual City Life sweaters, greeting cards written by members of Monroe Covenant Church, and other small items.

Later, we invited students to join us online for a virtual after party where we decorated our gingerbread houses together while listening to Christmas music. I loved that we were still able to keep some aspect of our normal traditions! I wish I was more camera savvy and would have taken more pictures! The students loved their sweaters and gifts!

Our Student Leaders and interns also helped Take The Next Step distribute gifts to families in need from our community. We helped by carrying gift donations to the basement, organizing them by family, and greeting donors and recipients at the door.

It was very rewarding to see them stepping into action and giving their time and effort to help wherever they could. I’m so proud of our Student Leaders (SL). The turnout for gift donations was amazing as well. Seeing community members take care of each other was very encouraging and filled me with joy and hope. God is truly moving through this community and through our SLs!

From our Monroe City Life family, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Thank you for keeping us in your prayers and supporting our ministries through this season. All thanks and glory to God. Stay safe and warm!


  • Praise God for what is doing in Monroe and for the community members who support our ministry.
  • Join us in praying over each students' family: favor in the parents' work, finances, food supply, and family relationships.
  • Pray for wisdom, patience, and guidance as we navigate and adjust what ministry looks like in the coming winter months.
  • Pray for fun and safe Christmas gatherings this season. Should anyone get sick, we pray for quick recoveries for them and their families.


Thank you so much for your continued partnership with me and the ministry work I do in Monroe. I invite you to prayerfully consider one of these opportunities to get directly involved:

We would love to have you on our team!

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