With Christmas fast approaching, tight budgets and a poor economy, it seems as though many are preparing for a blue Christmas. Sometimes, tough times can be the most thoughtful of times. It does not take a lot of money to build a lot of memories.
Down through the years, we have been subjected to traditional holiday propaganda by area nonprofit groups, making claims that some will not have a merry Christmas because of a lack of finances and presents under the tree. Usually, those are last-minute pleas for generosity.
We would like to announce that Christmas (Dec. 25) is going to come to all homes, regardless of social standing. Let us not fool ourselves into thinking that those who have more are somehow happier. The little things in life are sometimes the sweetest, and there is no price tag on love, joy and peace.
As we mentioned, Christmas will come to all homes. The real question is: Will the spirit of Christmas come?
We have been very fortunate to live and minister in the inner city, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Lewiston. We will spend Christmas just like we have for the past 14 years, by gathering up area children to sing, tell stories, look at lights and attend multiple church events that include drama, dance, hay rides and holiday treats.
The Christmas spirit is "peace on Earth and goodwill toward men," not big-screen televisions, video games or new cell phones.
The Rev. Douglas and Sonia Taylor, Lewiston