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Archive for Monday, December 25, 2000

A special day

December 25, 2000

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Greetings and best wishes for a wonderful holiday.

Merry Christmas! There, we said it. Excuse us for being politically incorrect. We mean no disrespect to people of other faiths. We honor the right of all people to practice their religion and celebrate the days that are significant or holy to them. To all of them, we say "Happy Holidays," but today is Christmas and we want to offer a special greeting to people who are celebrating that occasion.

Whether you commemorate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or some other holiday, it's a beautiful time of year, made especially beautiful for many of us by recent snowfalls. The snow helps rekindle memories of holidays past, and there's no better time of year to recall traditions and treasured thoughts from years gone by.

Another beautiful part of the season is the holiday spirit that seems to strike most of us and make us a little more thoughtful, a little more generous. It would be nice if all of us were thoughtful and generous every day of the year, but most of us can use the extra nudge in that direction that the Christmas season offers. The holiday spirit seems to give us not only permission to express how we feel about other people, but adds a certain expectation or obligation that is needed to spur us into action.

We hope everyone is reading this from a comfortable chair in a warm, safe place, but we know that isn't the case for everyone around the world. Those of us able to enjoy Christmas with family and friends need to recognize how fortunate we are and have compassion for those who aren't so fortunate.

At this time, we often speak of peace on earth and goodwill to men or women (we can be politically correct). Humans still struggle with the concepts of peace and goodwill. They sound good in theory but, too often, they are compromised by the desire to seek revenge or feel a sense of superiority. Or sometimes we are simply so overwhelmed by our own hurt or anger that we strike out without thinking to make sure someone shares our pain.

While we acknowledge the negative forces that exist around us, we hope the world can put some of its conflict and anger aside at least for a day. We hope the same for your little corner of the world, that you can celebrate Christmas in peace and harmony with much laughter and joy.

Once again, Merry Christmas to you and yours. May it be the best Christmas ever.

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