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The meaning of Christmas and season’s beauty [Letter]

Later this month I hope to celebrate my 89th Christmas. The sense of joy and wonderment that I knew as a child remains. I still love to feel the briskness of a clear December morning, to hear the sound of carols, to enjoy the beauty of a Christmas tree, to experience the love and fellowship shared around the family table, and to worship our Lord with family and friends on Christmas Eve.

I realize that many in our community are not Christians, but I hope they will appreciate the feelings of their Christian neighbors as they savor the pleasures of the season. I also pray that Christians will honor and respect those around them who celebrate other religious traditions Hanukkah, Ramadan, etc. as well as those who have no religious beliefs.

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In this broken world, there are those of you who have no pleasant memories of Christmases past. Others are offended by the commercial crassness than tends to overwhelm us. And some of you suffer from privation or loneliness or ill health, and your hearts ache within you. Yet, each of you can rejoice in the beauty and true meaning of the season.

As Christians, we believe that the Lord came for all of us on Christmas day — young and old, sick or well. We should not attempt to impose our beliefs on anyone, but we are bound by our faith to proclaim this good news.

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Edwin S. Jordan

Ellicott City

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