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Editor's Letter




As we’ve gotten older, Christmases at our home have gotten smaller--and quieter.

I don’t dwell on the fact that Bill and I have no grandchildren. We’re definitely “of age,” and so are all of our offspring, but it just has not happened. Recently a guest at a dinner party asked me how many grandchildren we have, and I answered, “Well, none, actually--and I’m not sure we ever will.” And that’s OK.

But I have to admit that this time of year I miss having little ones around. Once Santa stops coming down your chimney, something sweet and precious is lost. My daughter Liz once confessed that she kept up the pretense long after she stopped believing, and I thanked her for giving me a few more joyful years--though I suspect there was some self-interest at play as well.

Because so many of us were unable to gather with our loved ones last Christmas, this year is going to be extra special for a lot of families. And regardless of whether your time is enriched with the joy of a child on Christmas morning, this is a good time to remember the families in our community who need our help at Christmas and throughout the year.

Why not give Santa a little assist? Perhaps one of the reasons jolly old St. Nick is so jolly is he knows it truly is more joyful to give than to receive. 

Gay

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