Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION - Rick Lee - re­gional ed­i­tor

CHRIST­MAS is sup­posed to be a time of joy and good­will. For many it is any­thing but. It can be a lonely time for those with­out fam­ily and friends. There are peo­ple who are house­bound by ill­ness or live far away from loved ones. Po­lice ex­pect the in­ci­dence of do­mes­tic violence to spike and many fam­i­lies face fi­nan­cial stress. Some low-in­come fam­i­lies strug­gle to pro­vide sim­ple toys for their chil­dren. Other par­ents face the con­se­quences of max­ing out the credit cards. If you are one of the lucky ones who can spend time with the spe­cial peo­ple in your life, do not take the hol­i­days for granted. Savour the time you spend to­gether. It is not about ma­te­rial pos­ses­sions. It is about con­nec­tion with other peo­ple. Be gen­er­ous. Do some­thing sim­ple for a neigh­bour or even a stranger who needs help. Speak kindly. Let oth­ers know how much you ap­pre­ci­ate them. It won’t cost any­thing but it will be worth a great deal.

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