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Editorial: You all have a Merry Cristmas

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” — Calvin Coolidge

Christmas time is here for west central Minnesota, which is always a joyous time of year for many.

The primary purpose of Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God. For centuries, people have marked this birth, which is noted both in the Bible and Quran.

Christmas remains a wonderful holiday celebrated by Christians and non-Christians, as it is a time to gather with family and friends. It is and should remain a happy holiday.

There is no need to demand how or reject how others give you a Christmas or holiday greeting. There is no time to argue over what ethnicity Jesus or Santa Claus are for that matter. And there no need to complain about the gift value you received from a family member or friend.

Giving is the tradition of Christmas, just as God gave his son to this world.

It is in that spirit we encourage you to think about those in need at this time of year. Please consider a donation to local worthy organizations, such as Warm The Children, The Salvation Army, the Willmar Area Food Shelf or any local charitable organization.

Our festive season is often consumed by the mad dash of endless Christmas and family events. Christmas time is the time to take a deep breath and just enjoy the company of family and friends.

On this Christmas season, take time for the family and yuletide traditions, which will become the nostalgic memories of later life.

As cold night air of this Christmas Eve turns to a shivering cold Christmas morning air, children across west central Minnesota should be assured that Santa is well-equipped to complete his travels overnight.

So each of us today at the West Central Tribune sincerely wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all.