Have you ever asked yourself: “Why can’t the Christmas spirit last all year?” The warmth we feel when helping others, the joy of sacrificial giving or just celebrating with loved ones.
We seem more tolerant, more forgiving of slights and more generous than any other time of year. What is it about Christmas? Is it possible we transform under the influence of something divine? Could something be showing us that if we practiced the love of others before love of self, we could experience Christmas all year? Most religions reflect this motto in one form or another: “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Or, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
As a child, Christmas was the most magical time of year. Not just because I received gifts. But, because of how I felt when saving for months to surprise loved ones with tokens of my love. Those feelings were reinforced with signs and symbols displayed in the courthouse square as well as every store in town. “Merry Christmas” was on everyone’s lips and in our hearts as well.
Each year these symbols of Christmas are being reduced, and unless we decide otherwise, will soon be removed from our cities and towns. Mankind in general cannot sustain altruism without an outside force. Whatever you choose to call your higher power, it’s that desire to live up to those beliefs that urge us to help others. Instead of erasing these symbols, we should be embracing the very thing that sets us apart from nature.
Love isn’t created in a vacuum. It’s taught, and it’s nurtured. And we humans need reminders. I say we keep them. Merry Christmas!
Monica Koldyke Miller
Dear donor at Rich’s Cafe,
How do you say “Thanks” for a gift given anonymously? We, a group of seniors from Calvary United Methodist Church spend every third Tuesday of the month, eating out at some restaurant in the city.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, we were at Rich’s Cafe in Waynedale eating our lunch and after finishing we were given our bill for payment. The waitress came and told us she made a mistake and took all the bills and said, “It’s been taken care of.” What a great way to show the Thanksgiving Spirit to a group of senior citizens. Thank you! Thank you!
The seniors at Calvary United Methodist Church
Christie D. Lake