Thursday, December 24, 2015


(Because tomorrow is Christmas, I'll postpone further discussion of things like restrictions on speech until next week.)

Like most people, I enjoy the Christmas season. I regard it as a time to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World (though he was almost certainly not born in December, more likely in the spring, but that is another subject). Even those who do not believe in Him can enjoy the season.

Good will, never in oversupply in this world, seems to peak at this time of year. I remember a few years ago reading of a man who went to a local store, one not patronized by the well-off. He asked if they had anyone who had put Christmas gifts on layaway and was not unable to pay for them. They did, but not for long. He paid for those Christmas presents. That is far from the only example of such generosity this time of year. In some cases, Jews and others even replace Christians who would have to work, allowing those Christians to spend the day with their families.

So I hope you enjoy the season, and that you help others enjoy it. The lonely often find this time of year depressing, maybe you can visit some of them. Some children are sad because their parents cannot afford presents – and many of those parents are unhappy because they cannot give their children a happy holiday. Fortunately there are many opportunities to give to the disadvantaged this time of year. Such giving helps not only the recipient but the giver as well.

So I wish all my readers a very happy Christmas season. If you are a believer, you can celebrate the birth of the Son of God who gives us eternal life and the opportunity for forgiveness. If not, you can still enjoy this time of year and the good will it brings.

Merry Christmas everybody!

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