Merry Christmas

“And so, this is Christmas...” – So sang John Lennon in a song that so convincingly captured the reflective nature of the holiday season.

A reflection that we don’t take as much time to do as we should.

This is a time of year when those who follow the Christian faith, either religiously or culturally, are frantic with preparations for the penultimate moment of the calendar.

At this time of year, Lennon’s song can cut through the furore and almost force one to slow down.

And that’s what we all need to take time to do this Christmas season.

Slow down and reflect. Reflect on your blessings. Reflect on the impact of the “reason for the season” – the birth of Christ (regardless of your religious persuasion, you can’t deny that it was an event that had an impact on human society).

Reflect on what’s missing in our world and resolve to revive it. For Christians, it is a time to be more Christ-like.

In a harsh and difficult world we often forget the needs of our fellow humans but at Christmas, giving takes on a more powerful role in our lives. Campbell Riverites show that each year with the many charities that we all give either our money or our time to.

Local individuals, businesses and organizations come through for the causes that support the needy. It’s easy to be cynical about why aren’t people like that all year round but that’s not a productive thought.

Be happy that people are inspired by the season to be so giving and generous.

It gives all reason to reflect on what Christmas means and, what’s more, gives us an opportunity to do good things.

So, allow us to wish our readers and advertisers a very Merry Christmas. May peace and prosperity be yours during this special time of the year and in the coming New Year.

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