Families open homes for Christmas dinner

A dozen Summerland families will have special guests for Christmas dinner tomorrow as a part of a NeighbourLink initiative.

A dozen Summerland families will have special guests for Christmas dinner tomorrow as a part of a NeighbourLink initiative.

Summerland’s Great Christmas Match-Up was introduced this fall as a way to bring together those who wish to host others for the day and those who do not want to spend Christmas Day alone.

Mirjana Komljenovic, community coordinator for NeighbourLink said a dozen host families responded.

“It’s been very positive,” she said.

When the call was announced last month, the response from host families was encouraging, Komljenovic said.

In past years, various churches in Summerland have hosted a special dinner on Christmas Day. More recently, one Summerland restaurant offered a Christmas dinner for several years.

Komljenovic said this year’s initiative is important since there are some who would otherwise spend Christmas on their own.

“How do we bring the spirit of Christmas into the community? This is what we are about,” she said.

Komljenovic expects next year’s event will be bigger than this year’s match-up.

She added that the Great Christmas Match-Up will likely become an annual event in Summerland.