Christmas angels mindful of meaning of season
What do you want for Christmas?
It’s a common question this time of year.
Many want the latest gadgets, toys and clothes. You can turn to pages 1-2B of this edition to find out what local youngsters want in our annual Letters to Santa feature. From salamanders and puppies to perfume and the new iPhone X, the list of material presents was long.
However, a couple letters really stuck out to us.
While 8-year-old Seth asked for a few presents, including books, he also asked for things you can’t buy from a store or order online. He asked for a miracle for his family, teachers, the less fortunate, friends and even enemies. Seth sounds like a wise young man who understands that Christmas is more than just getting stuff.
Seven-year-old Reonna also understands that concept. She said she loves Christmas because it’s Jesus’ birthday. She proceeds to tell Santa that not only has she been really good this year, but so have her parents. The only present she asked for was a hoverboard.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the materialism of Christmas that you forget the heart and true spirit of Christmas. Remember, it’s always better to give than to receive. We thank these two children for reminding us of what Christmas is really about.
They are truly Christmas angels.
We also thank others who are working to promote the true meaning of Christmas.
The visiting team of 10 AmeriCorps volunteers haven’t been in Barnwell County very long – and are about to leave – but they have made a big impact in such a short time.
This group of young people, who come from all over the country, is inspiring. They are helping complete strangers in communities that they have no connection to. They are volunteering without expecting anything in return.
As the team prepares to leave our community at the end of this week, we’d like to thank them for their service, humility, hard work and commitment to making a difference. We also thank them for the reminder of what it means to help your fellow man.
We’d also like to thank the members of Brickyard Lodge #55 (Masonic Lodge) and Pilgrim Chapter #7 (Order of the Eastern Star) for sponsoring their 39th Annual Christmas Banquet. While many groups hold banquets just for their own members, that is not the case for these two groups. They welcome members of the community, particularly senior citizens, to attend and enjoy a free meal, entertainment and a message.
Do you know of a Christmas angel?
We are pretty sure those named above are just a few examples that serve as reminders to us all that it’s better to give than to receive. That’s a message we can use all year, not just at Christmas.