Your part in Christ­mas

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - An­drew Robin­son is The Com­pass’ ed­i­tor. He can be reached at ed­i­tor@cbn­com­pass.ca.

As you’re read­ing this, take a mo­ment to re­lax and look at how things are.

The hol­i­day sea­son tends to be a busy time for most folks. There are the oblig­a­tory shop­ping trips to buy presents and snacks, the bak­ing, the dec­o­rat­ing, and the jug­gling of sched­ules.

There tends to be a lot on the go ev­ery Christ­mas. It’s un­avoid­able.

While there might be plenty of tasks to check off your list, don’t let things get out of con­trol. You can make Christ­mas what­ever you want it to be, but it shouldn’t be an event that causes stress.

The on­slaught of ad­ver­tise­ments en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to pur­chase goods be­fore and af­ter Dec. 25 is over­whelm­ing, for sure. Don’t let those en­tic­ing dis­counts cause you to lose sight of the ne­ces­si­ties of life. Do you really need to spend your­self into a sce­nario of be­ing over-loaded with debt?

There is an ob­vi­ous rush that comes with gift giv­ing and re­ceiv­ing gifts. It’s a nice way to show oth­ers ap­pre­ci­a­tion for what they mean to you. But ul­ti­mately it’s just as im­por­tant to spend time with them. Christ­mas rep­re­sents a great op­por­tu­nity to cross that off the list.

For folks of a re­li­gious per­sua­sion, Christ­mas marks an im­por­tant mo­ment on the cal­en­dar to mark the birth of Je­sus Christ, the Son of God. It gives them a chance to re­flect on their faith and how it in­forms their de­sire to do good for oth­ers.

Do­ing good for oth­ers should be on the minds of all peo­ple this Christ­mas. It’s not an easy time for many. There are folks who sim­ply can­not af­ford to join in on the more con­sumer-ori­ented side of the hol­i­day sea­son. There are refugees look­ing to make new homes in for­eign coun­tries. Many in this prov­ince, coun­try and world rarely face an easy day.

If you can take a mo­ment to do some­thing spe­cial for an­other per­son or re­flect on how lucky you are to have the life you have or live where you live, it will be worth your while. New­found­land and Labrador, de­spite its hard­ships tied to a floun­der­ing oil econ­omy, re­mains a great place to live. Canada is a fine coun­try to call home. We have it good. We have op­por­tu­ni­ties many oth­ers in this world sim­ply do not.

So this Christ­mas, may you be merry with your friends and fam­ily. Enjoy the hol­i­day sea­son and do your best to make 2016 a ban­ner year for the life of your­self and those around you.

If you can take a mo­ment to do some­thing spe­cial for an­other per­son or re­flect on how lucky you are to have the life you have or live where you live, it will be worth your while.

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