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Christmas should bring smiley faces

As the holiday season approaches I've come to notice something. Very seldom do people's faces reflect the joy of the season. It's a wonderful time of year, but so few outwardly demonstrate that fact.

And that disturbs me.

Christmas is a time when families come together and enjoy precious moments spent together. It's a time when in the past wars have ceased and the planet has come together as one, even for a single day.

Sappy, I know.

But with that kind of history behind Christmas -- and even to an extent Thanksgiving -- it seems like the holiday season would put more smiles on people's faces. Most of what I see are frowns.

Is it the last minute shopping? Is it the frantic rush from party to party? Does it have anything to do with that infamous naughty list? Or is it the fact that everyone is just in a really bad mood? Can it be that terrible?

Whatever it is, I just don't understand. Now is not the time to frown -- as if there ever was a right time. Especially during the holiday season, we should all be thankful we are able to enjoy the wonderful things we do have.

That's what Thanksgiving was meant to do. People have traditionally extended that period of thankfulness into the Christmas season because the two are so close in time and similar in the way they are celebrated.

After all, we are blessed with life. We are even given the opportunity to serve those in need. We have a wonderful community that comes together to honor and remember heroes -- young and old, those living and ones fallen in battle.

Here's my suggestion.

Everyone has talents. If you find yourself in a long line of frowning faces, think of your talents and be thankful for them. Then, make a point to use your talents to bring everyone a smile.

After all, it is that time of year again. We should be glad that Christmas time is here again.

Even if you have the talent for sweeping the floor, be happy that you do. Somebody has to do it. Why not let it be you who can do it better than anyone else. If you only have the unenviable talent for messing things up, be glad you can give everyone else a chuckle from your endless stream of debacles.

See, everyone has something to smile about. Some just don't know it yet. Find what it is that you're good at, and point it out to yourself. Then smile for everyone because no one likes a frown.

I hope that helps all of you frowners out there. Now that you know the secret, I want to see some smiles. I don't think there should be any more long lines of frowns. Because if nothing else, we've proved that all those frowns are just plain wrong.

Be careful and have a merry Christmas everyone.



Web posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003











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