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Don’t miss the Christmas spirit

For many of us the holiday season means extra stress. We rush to buy gifts and worry about how to pay for them, we stay up late planning get-togethers and we burn the candle at both ends trying to get all of our work done in the midst of everything else we’ve got to do.
It’s nothing new. Added stress and increased depression have long been linked with the holidays, but that doesn’t mean we should accept the situation.
Christmas should be a time of joy, reflection and peace. Most of us manage to scratch out a little bit of all three in between all of our running and working. But it simply shouldn’t be that way.
With Christmas only days away, we hope our readers will take a moment to sit back and consider the reason for the season. Take a deep breath and realize that spending time with friends and family matters far more in the long run than making sure your Christmas cards and packages are mailed on time.
If you need help focusing on what’s truly important during this time of year, look into the faces of the children around you. The wonder and joy you’ll see just might spark a memory of what Christmas was like when you were a child and what it should be again. As adults we’ll always have stress and responsibilities, but those things should take a backseat during holidays. Now is the time to focus on what is truly important and to remember a Child’s birth in a manger and the gift it represents to each of us. It’s the only Christmas gift that truly matters.
Take time this week – and not just on Christmas day – to focus on your family, your friends, and those who are lonely in our community. Do something to make their lives happier. Spend time with them. Forget about the commercialism and high-stress that have become synonymous with Christmas and instead give the priceless gift of your love and attention.
Christmas is so much more than gift-wrapping, parties and credit card bills. Its message and meaning are much simpler and vastly more profound.
We hope this year that all of our readers will remember it, cherish it and share it with those around them.

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