OUR VIEW: Merry Christmas to our wonderful community

We like to celebrate the season as much as anybody

The staff of the Campbell River Mirror would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas.

As a community, we’ve come through a tough economic stretch and instead of bringing us all down, all signs indicate that we’re at least as appreciative of what we have living in this beautiful community as we’ve ever been.

We’ve also proven that economic difficulties make us no less generous than we’ve been in prosperous times. That’s a testament to the character of our community. We haven’t forgotten our less fortunate.

And of course, when we talk about community, that includes not only the city but the rural residents of this wonderful corner of the world. Christmas is a time of year when we take stock of what we value and who we want to be as individuals and as a community.

It’s the nature of the Christian-based traditions of the celebration to reflect on being the best we can be. It’s a characteristic of all religions and is a sentiment that people of all faiths – and people of no faith – can support. One of this community’s enduring characteristics is its willingness to strive for tolerance and appreciation of diversity. It’s a gift we can give ourselves.

As a predominantly Christian community, the majority of Campbell River area residents throw themselves into the seasonal celebration with as much gusto as anyone. And it must seem overwhelming to those who don’t subscribe to all of the traditions involved but this town likes to party so there’s no holding us back. The cynics come out at this time of the year as much as anybody but most of us are willing to give one part of the year over to celebrating higher human values. Who can argue with that?

So, Merry Christmas to all our readers and customers. Celebrate the great gift of life in a wonderful community.