CHEERS

Let it snow: Terrebonne and Lafourche got an early Christmas present Friday when snow dusted the area for the first time since December 2008. Almost every part of the community saw some of the white stuff, which in most cases amounted to less than an inch.

Nonetheless, any snow is a fun thing for most residents, especially children, many of whom experienced it for the first time.

We're grateful that readers shared at least 100 photos and video of their fun in the snow, and you'll find many of them in today's edition. The smiles on children's faces as they crafted their first snowman, the novelty of leaving footprints in the snow along the boardwalk at Houma's downtown marina, a snowball fight in a yard in Chackbay, a pooch wearing a leather jacket while exploring his snowy yard -- all of these images reflect the joie de vivre for which our community is known.

For more of these images, or to share your own, visit us at facebook.com/houmatoday and facebook.com/dailycomet. And thanks to everyone who shared their memories with the community in the pages of our newspaper, on our websites and via social media.

JEERS

We'll beat you next time, dirty birds: New Orleans Saints fans understand that it's highly unlikely that any team will win every game.

But Thursday’s 20-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons was a tough pill to swallow, especially considering the Saints are in the thick of the NFC South race. The loss dropped the Saints to 9-4 overall and led the Carolina Panthers by a half game and Falcons by one game.

It was a brutal game, as the Saints had to cope with the loss of rookie running back Alvin Kamara, who suffered a concussion on the opening drive. It was the first of numerous injuries that plagued the Saints during the game.

The Saints were also their own worst enemy at times. They were flagged 11 times for 87 yards that resulted nine first downs for the Falcons.

Despite those obstacles, the Saints still had a chance to win the game in the final minutes. But an interception in the end zone and personal foul on coach Sean Payton ended any chance of the Saints pulling out the win.

Now, the Saints have some extra time to regroup and get healthy for their Dec. 17 home game against the New York Jets. Seven days later, they get another shot at trying to knock off the Falcons. We can already envision the noise meter going though the roof in the Superdome.

CHEER

Let's hear it for holiday spirit: We're amazed at how our community comes together to celebrate Christmas.

Parades in Thibodaux, Lockport and Houma did a great job of ringing in the season. And dozens of other events throughout Terrebonne and Lafourche offer residents a chance to get into the holiday spirit.

Meanwhile, events and programs like Toys for Tots, 10,000 Lights of Hope, Love Lights a Tree and the Angel Tree project all reach out to help brighten the holidays for those who have experienced loss or illness or those with low incomes.

It's great to live in a community that knows how to celebrate. And it's great to live in a community that offers those in distress so many opportunities to experience the spirit of giving that the holidays are supposed to be about.