Christmas marks the culmination of weeks of preparations, including shopping for presents; setting up of decorations and trees; and the enjoyment of parties, parades, and song and dance. The dreams of sugar plums dancing have passed; presents are being opened today. "Silent Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "The First Noel" are being sung or played. Maui families have or will be attending one of the many Christmas services around the island that mark the birth of Jesus Christ in that manger in Bethlehem halfway around the world. It has become the season of giving as well, as Mauians have brought some joy to children and families in crisis by purchasing gifts or dropping some loose change into a Salvation Army kettle. Here are some photos from Christmas season 2012.