December 22, 2012

Christ is the reason for the season

Letter to the Editor

Dec. 25 honors the birth of Jesus Christ, a Jewish child, who grew up to be the greatest man who ever lived.

He taught us how to worship the Father and how we should be loving, moral, charitable and peaceful human beings.

This celebration creates a warm, spiritual feeling in believers that starts with the beginning of Advent in December and continues until the Epiphany on Jan. 6. This was the day when the Magi came from the East to honor Baby Jesus with gifts, thus started the tradition of Christmas giving.

The Christmas spirit cannot be diminished by secular greetings of "Happy Holidays" and "Season's Greetings." Christ is the reason for the season. The secular expressions and the new so-called politically correct attitudes cause individuals to suffer stress, frustrations, depression and financial difficulties because of the emphasis on frenzied shopping expeditions.

We should reflect on the happy spiritual Christmas feelings brought on by the Advent story, Christmas carols, Christmas Eve church services, exchanging a few gifts and enjoying the Christmas feast with all of the family.

Let's keep the tradition alive by keeping Christ in Christmas.

We also want to wish our friends of other traditions a Happy Hanukkah and a Happy Kwanza.

Ralph W. Ardito Sr., Augusta

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