Herald-Sun editorial: To you and yours, a very Merry Christmas

Dec. 25, 2012 @ 06:24 AM

To all of our readers, we wish a happy, safe, and rewarding holiday season. That goes for those who celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and any and all other observances.

The Christmas tradition is a holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, which brings to a close the Advent season. The very idea of saying “Merry Christmas” as opposed to the more inclusive “Happy Holidays” is a hot-button issue for some. The degree of religious significance attached to Christmas has become a subject of some controversy in recent years. Google “War on Christmas” and you’ll see the arguments, some of which make sense and others … not so much.

From a more secular point of view, Christmas means a time for the giving and receiving of gifts. For children, this is a magical time. The receiving is fun, of course, but kids also learn the joy and good feeling of giving gifts to loved ones. These days, many parents also instill the value of giving back to their community, whether it would be through volunteering, “adopting” a family to provide gifts for them, or in numerous other ways.

We have our fair share of fun Christmas traditions here in Durham, Chapel Hill and throughout the Triangle. We have Christmas parades, appearances by Santa, volunteer and advocacy efforts, Christmas tree decorating contests. It is a pleasure for The Herald-Sun to report on these happenings.

As children grow into adulthood, the sheer excitement of Christmas morning subsides, naturally, but it is replaced by a deepening feeling of connection – hopefully, anyway – to a holiday season that brings loved ones together from near and far.

The true joy of the holiday season can be found in its religious significance, yes, but also in the delight of a season that provides opportunities for loved ones to reconnect, share meals and good times, and laugh and reflect together.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a wonderful Dec. 25.