Christmas represents hope, new beginnings and is a time to appreciate our blessings. Regardless of your faith or traditions, all of us have many reasons to celebrate the Christmas holiday. People give generously to local programs that provide gifts, clothing and food for those in need. The Angel Tree, Spirit of Christmas/Adopt a Family, Operation Santa Claus and Toys for Tots are just some of the local programs that help spread Christmas joy to families that need a helping hand. Thank you to the many individuals, business and churches that support these and other efforts to help make sure people less fortunate than ourselves have a Merry Christmas. The Christmas spirit is exemplified by everyone who drops change in the Salvation Army kettles, gives food to the local pantries or does a simple act of kindness for a neighbor or someone who needs help. For many of us, the best gift of all is spending time with friends and family that we don't see often enough. Many people travel great distances to be with loved ones for the holidays. We also should remember those men and women in the military, who make countless sacrifices to keep our country safe and are away from their families this time of year.
[The editorials that appear weekly in this space are the views of the newspaper as determined by The Chronotype's editorial board. All editorials are written by one or more members of the board, which consists of Warren Dorrance, Sam Finazzo, Gene Prigge and Eileen Nimm.]