The words “Merry Christmas” are rightfully omnipresent at this time of year. But what does that really mean? In many ways Christmas has been taken over by commercialism: gifts, good food, parties and “holiday cheer.” But we should also take comfort in the fact that the Christmas spirit still remains strong in our world: celebrating our love of family, and emphasizing Christian values about caring for each other, assisting the needy and living an upstanding Christian life. What difference does that make? My view is that both we and probably a higher power will know that we have strived to live a good Christian life during our span of years, and that is all we mortals can do.

Thus, with that understanding, people of all faiths, or no faith at all, should also celebrate the Christian spirit. And Christians should welcome them, because the Christian faith believes in the Brotherhood of Man. So with that thought, I wish us all a truly Merry – and Meaningful – Christmas!

Holiday quote for the year: “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under the tree.” Roy L. Smith

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.) Superior Court of Orange County, California 2012 Libertarian Candidate for Vice President

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