EDITORIAL: Christmas is a time for hope

As we grow up, Christmas wishes tend to grow more complicated.

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth …

It’s a fun song, and a simple wish for Christmas. But as we grow up, Christmas wishes tend to grow more complicated.

We’re not talking about that new iPad, cashmere scarf or Ferrari we’re hoping to find under the Christmas tree. The wishes we are talking about may not even register in our conscious mind, and they’re both less expensive and harder to obtain than any luxury item.

We’re talking about the hope that is the background of this holiday season, not just for Christians, but all races, creeds and religions as collectively we celebrate the turning of the year and the start of the long crawl back to the warmth of summer.

Whether the wish is spoken or not, now is the time that we all hope the next year will be better than the last. Whether that hope is as grand as world peace or as simple as more food on the table, we all have our wishes for a better tomorrow, and this time of year tends to bring those wishes closer to the surface.

We may never have world peace or full bellies for everyone in the world, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth striving for. And like so many things, they all begin with us.

Mahatma Gandhi is often quoted as saying “you must be the change you seek in the world.”

Loving kindness, warm hearts and open minds, tolerance for others, these are the real gifts we need to share with each other, not only during this special season, but year round; these are the first steps on the path to creating a better tomorrow.

(Doesn’t mean we still wouldn’t like to see a Ferrari under our Christmas tree though)

 

 

Just Posted

Wanted man crashes vehicle into a truck, continues to evade RCMP

South Okanagan RCMP are warning the public not to pick up any hitchhikers

UPDATE: Three new fires sparked in the South Okanagan- Similkameen

BC Wildfire Service is responding to a blaze off Olalla forest service road

Kelowna Ribfest launch faces animal rights protest

Animal advocates draw attention to abuse suffered by factory farm pigs

Super League Triathlon makes North American debut in Penticton

Making its North American debut, the event brings a new twist to the traditional sport

Big crowds mark Penticton Peach Festival success

Thousands enjoy free family fun at 71st annual Penticton Peach Festival

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reports Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit

Searing memories of the Shuswap’s 1998 Silver Creek wildfire

Tales recounted from the battle against the blaze that nearly destroyed Salmon Arm

Italy says death toll will mount in Genoa bridge collapse

Authorities worried about the stability of remaining large sections of a partially collapsed bridge evacuated about 630 people from nearby apartments.

Former CIA Director: Trump worked with Russians and now he’s desperate

In an opinion piece in The New York Times, John Brennan cites press reports and Trump’s own goading of Russia during the campaign to find Democrat Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.

Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

Since the crisis exploded in Boston in 2002, dioceses around the country have dealt with similar revelations of widespread sexual abuse.

Baloney Meter: is flow of asylum seekers at Canada-U.S. border a ‘crisis’?

“I think any time you have a government that allows 30,000 people over the course of a short period of time to come into Canada illegally, the impact that that has, that is a crisis,” said Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

B.C. RCMP say Kinder Morgan protest camp to be dismantled today

RCMP say they will enforce a court injunction today and remove Trans Mountain pipeline protesters who have been camped outside a Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby.

Shuswap’s Roots and Blues features unique collaborations this weekend

Festival favourites are the magical workshops where musicians jam who haven’t played together before.

Most Read