Our View: The true meaning is giving

Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:17 AM

 

The countdown has been long underway since we all feasted on turkey, ham and other Thanksgiving fare.

But, we are now just two days before a day we all look forward to for many different reasons.

Christmas will be upon us soon.

But, there are times when we might forget just what Christmas is all about.

We have all fallen victim to the commercialization of the holiday. From the Friday following Thanksgiving (and, in some cases Thanksgiving night itself), up until the day itself, we are reminded that the season is a wonderful time of year. It is a time for decking the house with lights, feasting, and gathering with friends and family.

One thing we cannot forget is that is it (and this is the most important part) is also a time for giving.

The very first Christmas taught us that valuable lesson. The three Wise Men brought gifts to the newborn Jesus and that is where we get the season of giving.

But, today things are different.

We have become materialistic in our ways and we have lost sight of reality.

There are numerous people, even today and into Monday, that are still searching for that perfect gift for that special someone.

We wish to offer an alternative to the traditional tacky Christmas tie, sweater or even gift card.

It might be appropriate to make a charitable donation in the person’s name of whom you are shopping for, or even in memory of someone.

And we all know there is no shortage of need in Rutherford County.

There are people in this county that struggle almost daily to make ends meet and put dinner on the table and have adequate clothing for themselves and their family. Some might be right next door.

This is the time where we, as a community, can reach out and help.

But, also remember that this is also a time where we should reflect on the “gifts” that we can be very thankful for in our lives.

One of those special “gifts” is our children.

They represent our future as well as joy and pride in our lives. Nothing is more pleasing to a parent than to see the faces of their children when they open that special Christmas present. Parents get a sense of warmth inside when that happens and that encompasses the true meaning of the holiday.

So, while we are surrounded by family and friends this Christmas, we also need to take time to be thankful for what is around us and remember that it should be a priority to give to those that are less fortunate than we are.

That embodies this holiday season.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board

 

The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.