A Kearney resident is remembering the reason for the season.
Brady Cone reached out to the community, inviting anyone to come for a Christmas dinner. He posted to the Kearney Area Exchange Facebook group to get the word out.
Anyone who had nowhere else to go for Christmas was welcomed and he did it so that no one would be alone on December 25.
This marked the second year in a row that Cone has opened up his home for Christmas Day. He said, "I wanted to cook a meal for myself so might as well invite other people in town."
He prepared a feast. There was turkey, ham, stuffing, green bean casserole, brownies, fudge, punch, hot chocolate and much more. Cone didn't have to cook all the food, as many people brought by dishes to contribute to the dinner.
"It was really good, didn't expect guys to cook so well," said Diana Wempen, who attended the dinner.
"I thought there was probably other people in town that are alone for Christmas, so I wanted them to have a nice Christmas dinner," explained Cone when asked why he put the dinner together.
Christmas is Cone's favorite holiday and he said he saves his energy for it. He has five trees in his home covered with ornaments and a large one in his front yard. "I just want to make a festive, fun environment," said Cone.
"If I had a big enough place or all these decorations I would probably do the same. It brightens up everything and it kind a makes all your worry and troubles disappear for a while," said Wempen.
Wempen brought her son to enjoy the festivities. She's glad there are people in the area with such kind hearts. "Just knowing that there are people out there that care and just want your Christmas to be the best it can be... that's amazing... that they do that and take their time and energy to do something like that," said Wempen.
Cone just wanted to share the spirit of Christmas. "Here is an opportunity to show people that Christmas is about giving and Christ gave his life for us so we can give to other people," said Cone.
Wempen's son Julian doesn't want people to forget, "ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas everyone!"