No one should be alone on Christmas Day. That’s the motto of Norman’s Christmas Day community dinner, now in its 25th year.

Bob Magarian and his army of volunteers will serve an estimated 1,600 of the free meals — in the Norman High School cafeteria and delivered to others — Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers start signing up in October and most of them are repeats from earlier dinners. It’s a tradition in many families to serve others before they celebrate their own holiday.

Professor Magarian says it’s the generosity of Norman banks, businesses and individuals that keep the dinner going each year.

It’s not just for those needing a place to eat a free meal. It’s more about the community comingtogether over a shared meal.

It’s one of the Norman traditions we don’t want to lose.

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