Today’s the day.
In a world where the news is often not good and we sometimes seem surrounded by chaos and sadness, today is the day that hopefully most of us can put that aside.
Today Christians celebrate the birth of Christ, the embodiment of love and hope. But the spirit and the meaning of the day can be shared by all. Whether you observe Hanukkah, Kwanza, or whatever, the real meaning of this day is the celebration of love. Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem began a new theme of sacrifice and of peaceful love in Biblical times that should still resonate in us today.
American Christmas traditions have evolved over time, but the sentiments still center around goodness and love. Families gather, carolers sing, we eat large amounts of wonderful food and share gifts and more importantly our time and lives with each other.
This year more than ever, it seems we have struggled to cope with reality.
Mass shootings, natural disasters and a contentious national election have dominated the daily news. Yes, we are teetering on the fiscal cliff, many families are without and the next year is an uncertainty. But the American spirit and resilience is still there.
Yes, the world has changed. We debate whether we can say Merry Christmas. The commercialization of the holiday season begins in October. Black Friday and Cyber Monday dominate our plans. Our troops are still at war. There is cause for concern.
But there is also always cause for hope.
You can see it in the determined faces of the parents in Newtown, Conn. who have lost the unthinkable, but still strain to collect themselves and heal.
You see it here in Colorado Springs every time our troops return to Fort Carson. You see it in the effort to rebuild the neighborhoods destroyed by the Waldo Canyon fire. You can hear it in the voices of small children taking delight in their toys beneath the Christmas tree. The majestic mountains to our west are strong reminders of the beauty that surrounds us, if we will only look.
The Gazette’s editorial board hopes your Christmas season has been filled with old-fashioned spirit and yes, hope.