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A holiday sentiment

Dear Editor:Well, here come the holidays. A time of happiness and joy, but also sadness, bitterness and a sense of loss. It is a time when we reflect on the things that have turned us into what we are. The loss of parents that were always bringing the holiday spirit to us through their love and their joy. The loss of a wife with whom you shopped and agreed on how important the holidays were to you both. The loss of a child whose excitement for the holidays got everyone excited about them.We sometimes let ourselves get caught up in the sadness and the bitterness of this time, instead of the joy and spirit of the holidays. I know it’s a hard time to go through without these loved ones, but they have moved on to the other side or just moved on in life.We need to recharge that spirit in each and every one of us. This is the time to feel the joy and happiness of the season. Say happy holidays to that stranger. Say happy holidays to a friend. Say happy holidays to those kids you love so much. Tell the person that does so much for you that, yes, I do love you and I do appreciate you.Do this before you don’t have a chance to. It will mean a lot to you and to that person. It will also mean a lot to the stranger you meet. Brighten someone’s day. It will in turn brighten your day. I will leave you with a quote from a very famous holiday celebrity – Tiny Tim: God bless us, every one!Russ DeckerCarbondale

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