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A kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time

Christmas can be a difficult time, especially if expectations are high, but it can also be a time that unites us in remembrance of Jesus’ birth and our shared humanity.

Yes, even this happiest of holidays can be hard.

People who have suffered the loss of a loved one may find themselves grieving anew.

People having trouble making ends meet may find themselves “a year older, but not an hour richer,” as Scrooge said in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

Gift receivers may not get what they wished for, and gift givers may be equally disappointed.

Children may whine. Adults may eat too much. Families may argue.

But we must not allow any of that to turn us into Scrooges, shouting that “every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.”

Instead, we should recall the words of Scrooge’s nephew:

“But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time … as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”

And even Scrooge came around in the end.

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!

“And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!”

(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)