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Editorial For Dec. 21, 2006

Merry Christmas

The months certainly fly too fast, and here it is -- amazing -- less than a week until Christmas Day. And Christmas, of course, is preceded by the onset of winter, which officially begins on Dec. 22. Starting winter might sound rough, but it just means we begin getting a little more time in the daylight with each passing day.

In a joyous season such as this, there is no good reason to tackle any controversial issues here. It's a time for us to give thanks for all our blessings, and to celebrate a special season that focuses on peace, caring for others, and good wishes to all.

It's also a magical time for our children, who learn about the miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ, and wait with innocent excitement to see what Santa Claus will bring to set at the base of their Christmas tree. Plus, they get to savor the magic of two weeks off from school!

We celebrate the beautiful lights that so many of our fellow citizens have carefully placed around their homes and yards. What a treat to observe in the evening.

And while we respect all religions and viewpoints, to us it's always going to be the Christmas season, not the "holiday" season. Others can certainly feel free to call it something else.

It's late December, and all we need now is a touch of snow to paint the landscape ... Merry Christmas!

JB

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