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Mac McKinnon


Friday, December 26, 1997


By Mac McKinnon

Sharing with others is what Christmas is about

I don't know if you're like me or not, but I was ready for Christmas to be over and get back to normal by noon yesterday. I've always been that way, mainly because the time is so hectic and not that I don't enjoy it.

As I've mentioned before, Christmas Eve and Christmas morning as well as the weeks before Christmas are the most special parts of Christmas and the time I have the most fun, watching people open presents and see surprises on their faces.

I enjoy buying presents for people and giving them. People don't like to buy me presents as I'm so difficult to buy for as I have everything I need or want. Need is the key word there, as there are many things I want that only people like Donald Trump could afford to buy.

Of course, the season is difficult for many people, those who have to do without, and those who just don't have any family or else their family is not present for the fun for a wide variety of reasons I distance or family disputes and a wide variety of other causes.

For some of those reasons, the holidays are a very depressing time. I believe all of us have periods of depression. It's just how we deal with them that makes the difference. We simply can't let depression get the best of us.

Christmas is the time for new beginnings and the hope of the promise and gift given to us by God. Regardless of our personal situation, I believe we need to see the big picture.

And the new year is a time for new beginnings. I really like the phrase that today is the first day of the rest of your life. The past for the most part can be put behind us and we can, at least in this country, strive to make a better future.

We at the newspaper find many people who are simply lonely and need someone to talk to, to share their lives and thoughts with. We often get calls from people like that and I just wish we had more time to talk and maybe even go visit with them.

However, we, like most others, are caught up in our own lives and don't always take the time to share the most valuable gift we can give to someone I our time.

Before Christmas, many school classes and churches took time to visit and sing to those in nursing homes and in the hospital. That was really great. I just wish we could do this sort of thing at other times as well.

Because of the loneliness and depression that holidays bring, many just wish that it gets over quickly. It's over now and I hope people can restore their hope and joy of life.

Whatever your situation in life, I want to wish you the very best. Remember that God loves you. That's what the holiday yesterday was all about.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mac McKinnon is the Editor and Publisher of the Pecos Enterprise whose column appears each Friday. He can be e-mailed at:

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