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Our View: And a Merry Christmas to all

Christmas is here and we hope our readers take time to enjoy the season with family and friends.

Christmas can mean different things to many people. Ways to celebrate the holiday include shopping, Santa Claus, gifts, parties, decorations -- the list goes on. The fact remains, however, that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ.

Politically correct or not, the purpose of the holiday is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the impact his life has had on the lives of Christians. Of course, Santa and gifts can be a wonderful part of the celebration, but there is no arguing as to what the holiday truly commemorates.

Along with honoring the birth of Christ, however, we can use the season to show our appreciation for our family and friends and share a spirit of good will towards all. Let's employ the spirit of generosity and love and give thanks for the wonderful opportunities and wealth we enjoy. Even though the economy is struggling, we still enjoy a lifestyle that the majority of people in the world can only dream of.

Our next project should be the effort to capture the Christmas spirit during the other days throughout the year. In the weeks, months and years ahead it makes good sense to treat people with the same attitude we see during the Christmas season.

Have a great Christmas and find some time to celebrate and experience the real meaning of Christmas and the spirit it represents.

Merry Christmas to all!