I lost my dad on this date many years ago and I clearly remember that first Christmas after his death. Had it not been for those who stepped into the life our family at a time when we needed cheer and positive interest in our lives, I don't know how Christmas would have turned out. But I do remember those who took a special interest in me, my older siblings and my mother and helped make it a Merry Christmas despite our grief and sorrow.
Think about the little boy or girl who just lost their father or mother or the spouse who lost his or her longtime companion. Think about those in the military who are away from home and miss their families as well as the families that they left behind who miss them. Think about those who live alone and long for attention, particularly the sick and elderly who still need to know that we care. And in doing these things think about the meaning of the Christ Child, his birth, life and death and what it tells us about how we should live.
Christmas is indeed "the most wonderful time of the year" but it isn't seen that way by so many who don't see it in their lives. Each of us who is not part of that group need to recognize this and bring that recognition to our lives as we live this Christmas season. And even if you are not a believer of the Christian faith, you can still be infected with the Christmas Spirit, for we Americans of all types are fortunate to be blessed with what we have and should share that spirit of thanksgiving with those who need it. I'm not talking about money and material things although certainly many need that help, but I am talking about spending a little time to make someone alone and needing attention happier. Sometimes that is the most critical thing they need to get them through a time when so many of us are celebrating with friends and families. Little things can make a difference.
So take time to visit someone in a nursing home or hospital, touch base with that elderly person you know and cheer them up, or do something kind for that child who has lost the joy of life in his or her eyes because of something beyond their control that has changed their life. It's Christmas and we should all give a little bit of ourselves to share the joy.
YES, CHRISTMAS IS IN THE AIR, NOW LET'S MAKE IT PART OF OUR LIFE.