As we all know, another holiday season is upon us, Thanksgiving is just around the corner with Christmas soon to follow. Sadly enough, every year we seem to get further away from the reason we have these two holidays.
Thanksgiving used to be a time to give thanks to God for family, friends and blessings we received during the year. Now some call it “Turkey Day” and it’s about gorging on food, football and Black Friday sales.
It’s too bad the true meaning of Thanksgiving, for some, has been ignored or put on the back burner.
Christmas is a holiday that celebrates the birth of our Lord Jesus, whom God gave us to ransom our souls and reopen the gates of heaven that were closed to us because or original sin.
Today, some rate the birth of our Savior as secondary to buying presents, another big meal, and more football, followed by “after Christmas super sales.”
I remember as a child growing up in the 1950s being awed by street and store decorations that featured angels blowing trumpets, stars and nativity scenes and also shopping in stores that played actual Christmas carols.
Now all these decorations are generic: snowflakes, reindeer and candy canes.
And in the stores, instead of “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World” or “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” I hear “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer” and the always inspiring, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”
This year I have decided to offer a small, heartfelt and sincere gift to all who read this letter: I wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hannukah and a Happy Kwanzaa.
I wish you a happy, safe and prosperous new year, and may the blessings of God, Allah, Yahweh, and man above be abundant in your lives.
Thank you for letting me share this gift with you.
Bruce E. LaBonte