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Letter to the editor: Happy holiday dropout does it differently

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 12:01 am

The holiday season is regularly tarnished by reports about revelers looking for fun, shoppers looking for bargains or people looking for handouts. Apparently, drunkenness, greed and violence have replaced peace on earth and good will among men.

These nasty realities are obscured by comic characters like Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. Sentimental and political distractions abound.

I’m tired of it. For the last few years, I have tried to take Jesus out of the holidays and move him back into my heart, my home and my church. I send no Christmas cards, exchange no gifts, attend no parties, give no handouts to bell-ringers or bums. In my daily life, I try to obey God as Lord and trust him as father. I pray to him daily, sing his praises and join my fellow Christians in Holy Communion regularly. If I know someone who needs my help, I do what I can.

Please do not misunderstand me. I have nothing to brag about. I am only describing options available to a happy holidays dropout who loves the Lord Jesus.

And, by the way, I wish you blessed holy days in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

John Ribar