True to a happy holiday spirit, today’s Herald-Banner will be a testament to all the good news that is happening in and around our community.
You won’t find a story in today’s newspaper about the pandemic, crime, traffic accidents, public wrongdoing, or political controversies. Call it our way of spreading good old-fashioned Christmas cheer to our thousands of beloved readers.
The Christmas spirit manifests itself in many ways throughout this vast and diverse territory.
For the youngest, Christmas is about Santa Claus and his reindeer racing through the night sky and stopping to distribute toys in the homes of all the good little boys and girls in the world.
For Christians and non-Christians alike, many find their spirits brightened by the traditional sights and sounds of the season: the melodic Christmas carols, the twinkling lights and dazzling decorations, the glittering Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and the happy holidays of the end of the year with those near and dear.
Many are seized by the spirit of giving, and they fill the red kettles of The Salvation Army’s bell ringers or help with toy drives for underprivileged children or fill boxes with food for families in need.
For those who place their faith in Christ the Savior, they might find comfort in watching a live Nativity scene or attending a church service on Christmas Eve.
Christmas is celebrated by millions – in millions of ways – across this nation we call America. And whether you are a believer, an unbeliever, uncertain, or still searching, we all hope we can all agree that “Peace on Earth” is a worthy endeavor.
With that in mind, perhaps we can put aside for a while some of the vitriolic and ugliness that plagues so much of our national discourse. Maybe we can resist posting the sarcastic responses on social media. Maybe we can refrain from zingers, slurs and humiliating comments about those with opposing views. Maybe we can be a little nicer, a little nicer to each other, if not to ourselves, so with respect to this season of peace and giving.
Today’s document is our contribution to this end.
Merry Christmas everyone!