As a kid and as a young mom, I loved Christmas. I loved getting gifts from Santa, and then I loved watching my sons get gifts from Santa (and plenty from mom and dad, too). I loved the busyness of the season; the last-minute shopping, the all-night wrapping, even the two-in-the-morning attempts to put some toy together that my husband and I couldn’t figure out until, at last, we did. Whew!
I’m not a kid anymore, and I’m certainly not a young mom, and honestly, I don’t miss the busyness that Christmas brings. I’ve even come to believe that being so busy detracts from the holiday. I take the season at a slower pace now, savoring the opportunity to buy gifts for children tagged on an Angel Tree and the chance to do something good for someone else.
It’s the good deeds and giving back stuff that resonates with me now, and the reason this issue celebrates those in our community who are making a difference in the lives of others – at Christmas time and all the time. I hope you’ll take a moment to read “A Chance Christmas Encounter” and “Kids Who Make a Difference.” I truly believe that both will fill your heart with the spirit of the season and make you thankful to live in a community that so actively cares.