2011-12-22 / Editorial

Merry Christmas

This is the one time of the year when everyone is hoping for a bit of snow so that we might have a white Christmas. Whether or not we get the snow, Christmas remains a unique holiday.

I’ve always thought that Christmas is best viewed through the eyes of a child. Children see Christmas with a special wonder. They have yet to become jaded by the rampant commercialism that has taken over the holiday.

It is the young children who are in awe of all the mystery and tradition and music. There are colorful lights and vivid decorations to behold. They wonder at the meaning of it all.

Children are enthralled with the tales of Santa and his elves. They like to hear about how the jolly big guy and his reindeer will deliver those presents in a timely fashion.

But on a more somber note, the story of Baby Jesus and the manger and the Star of Bethlehem also captures the imaginations of children. That’s when they begin to grasp the true story of Christmas.

Let’s not forget that after all the shopping is done, Christmas is really a time to spend with family and loved ones.

Remember the less fortunate as you celebrate the holiday.

The staff of the Jamestown Press wishes all of our readers and advertisers a very merry and safe Christmas. Enjoy this holiday season.

— Jeff McDonough

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