First Posted: 12/24/2008
Today, we celebrate Christmas. For Christians, or those who affiliate themselves with the Christian belief, it is the day set aside to commemorate the birth of their Savior, Jesus Christ.
For those who follow Judaism, today falls in the midst of the eight-day celebration known as Hanukkah, or the festival of lights.
Kwanzaa, a holiday created in 1966 by Ron Karenga, is a five-day celebration that starts tomorrow which focuses on the common ancestry those of African descent share.
In pagan observances, the winter solstice, which occurs on or around Dec. 21 every year, was often a time of celebration and reflection, when societies enjoyed the fruits of their year-long labors and settled in for the coming winter.
Even some in the Islam faith recognize and celebrate Christmas on some level and honor the birth of Jesus, whom they consider a prophet.
The one thread all of these belief systems, and others, have in common is that this time of year is one for joy and giving, for helping others and reflection on what is good in life.
Mount Airy and Surry County is no different than the rest of America, or most of the world for that matter. The economy is weak, individuals and families are hurting financially, some businesses are struggling. Political discourse, while not quite as heated as in the recently concluded election season, still is not for the faint of heart.
But for this day, and for the rest of the holiday season, we ask all locally to reflect on the good in our community. While there is much need here, there are numerous stories of people, individuals, groups and even businesses who have stepped up and given beyond anything that has been seen before.
This area is truly a caring, giving community, and it is appropriate, we think, to pause on this day and simply say thank you to all who have tried to help others, whether that be through food or monetary donations, or by giving of their time.
We hope today is a special one for you, and we offer a simple Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday wish to all.