Letter to the editor 1, Dec. 22, 2020
The Christmas spirit
I’m writing this letter because in my heart I truly believe the Christmas spirit, though battered and bruised, is still alive and well today.
I see it in the smiles of the small children waiting for Santa’s arrival. I see it in the well-distanced greetings of my neighbours, friends, and family wishing my wife and me happiness over the holiday season. I see it in the many cards filling my mailbox, the cheerful and touching music and stories being played on my radio and television, and in the colourful lights brightening up my home, my neighbourhood, and my town.
Yes the Christmas and the Holiday spirit is alive and well today. It’s in the hearts and minds of all the doctors, nurses and medical staff who continue to go to work each and every day , ignoring the risks to their own safety to help heal the sick and comfort those who are dying alone.
It’s in the warm greetings of the supermarket clerks working hard to supply food for our tables and in the strength and sacrifice of the many volunteers everywhere who put their own hardships aside to help others. It’s in the loving hands of every firefighter, police officer, farmer, trucker, pharmacist and the many, many others who put our safety and wellbeing above theirs.
“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” is a line from an editorial that appeared in the September 21, 1897 edition of The (New York) Sun. It states that Santa Claus exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exists, and how they give our lives its highest beauty and joy.
This beautiful sentiment is sometimes hard to keep in mind when we think of neighbours who have lost their jobs, their businesses, and some unfortunately their lives or the lives of loved ones. Those who have been spared this profound sadness and despair should give thanks for their good fortune and continue to act responsibly to protect themselves and those much less fortunate.
Those staring at an empty chair once occupied by a loved one should try to understand that grief, though never totally diminishing, eventually becomes manageable. One day you will be able to laugh and smile again. Your loved ones might leave this world but they will never leave your heart and when you smile and laugh they are smiling and laughing right along with you.
It will be a different Christmas this year. Friends and family will not be stopping by, presents might have to wait until a safer time and, on the bright side, we will probably not be gaining all that extra Christmas weight but it will still be the Christmas we all love and cherish if we can only find the strength and faith to hold it dearly in our hearts.
From the bottom of my heart I want to wish all your readers a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday and a healthy, fruitful, promising, worry free and magical New Year.