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Letter to the editor: People have lost the meaning of Christmas

By Pearl Silzy, Jamestown

Somehow, some time ago, we lost the meaning of Christmas. Whatever happened to the anticipation and good feelings of the season?

We would sing carols and visit with friends and neighbors — feeling like it was the best time of the year! The snow sparkled like diamonds on a frozen ground. The stars seemed extra bright on a clear night. Then daring to go out and carol with friends (freezing our noses and tonsils in the icy air), we were welcomed by neighbors with hot cocoa and warm greetings!

Then, on Christmas Eve, we remembered the real reason for Christmas — the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He came to save us from this world of problems and hopelessness.

Now there are decorations and displays of Christmas in stores in October already! The worry of what to buy for everyone is on our list. People end up being sick by Christmas because of the hectic stress and preparation. That is the Christmas season of today’s world.

Oh yes. We had our visits from Santa Claus! I remember (forever) how terrified I was of Santa Claus’ visit when I was a child. I had to sing “Away in the Manger” or Santa Claus wouldn’t stop at my home. Not a sound came out of my throat as I tried to sing! Santa came anyway (maybe feeling sorry for me).

We must remember the real reason for Christmas. As Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”