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Holiday's After the Camp Fire

People affected by the Camp Fire are trying their best to get in the holiday spirit this year.

Posted: Dec 24, 2018 5:14 PM

MAGALIA, Calif. - People affected by the Camp Fire are trying their best to get in the holiday spirit this year.

"Usually I get together with my son and my grandkids and visit daughter and family and it's a little postponed this year just everything is off," Paul Hossfeld from Paradise said.

Hossfeld from Paradise lost his home in the Camp Fire.

To help keep his mind off it, he's been staying busy at the Magalia Pines Baptist Church.

"It's sad, pastors around town and everybody they kinda admit it it's hard to feel 'Christmassy,'" Hossfeld said.

Doug Crowder is a senior pastor at the church.

He says the community is so fragmented right now, some people have homes standing - others don't.

"And even that creates sort of a dilemma for people emotionally and spiritually this time of year even, you had a Christmas tree and now you don't you have the presents for the grandchildren and all of that and now you don't or you do and the grandchildren you can't go to their house," Crowder said.

Crowder said people are struggling with so many things already.

"And then you toss Christmas on top of it to most people its lets get through this day you know if we survive this week we'll be fine for some just the whole holiday thing and traditions have been blown up and so now they're struggling with that," Crowder said.

The church normally has a candle lighting service on Christmas Eve.

"But lighting candles we're kind of adverse to right now," Crowder said.

Instead the church is hosting a Christmas Eve dinner to bring people together to eat, sing carols and open presents.

"I'm a meat guy - I hear there's going to be a lot of good meat here so that's got me excited," Hossfeld said.

"With beef brisket and all the trimmings and great food folks up here have been missing meat and so its kinda going to be sort of that celebration," Crowder said.

Hossfeld said this dinner will help the community come together.

"I guess that's the main thing paradise strong everybody knows they need to work together they're not going to make it through it if they don't," Hossfeld said.

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