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Sue's Views -- Peace, goodwill concepts that never change

Merry Christmas!

We are just days away from the holiday and the tempo of everyday life is speeding up to the point where there is hardly time to think, much less remember to share this simple pleasantry.

But it was this routine and uncomplicated greeting from a friend recently that quieted my seasonal grousing and reminded me that I, too, wish my friends, family and co-workers a wonderful Christmas.

Now, this is not going to be about the "Merry Christmas" vs. "Happy Holidays" fray because honestly, I don't care. Really, given all that is happening around us, is the exact wording of a holiday sentiment worth arguing over?

I'm just thankful that at a time when it seems nothing is the same as it used to be and change is happening faster than ever, the concepts of peace on earth and goodwill to others can be and are shared so easily.

Our community has weathered a difficult year. We have lost businesses, lost friends and wondered what's up with the weather more times than not. We are in "unsettled economic times" and uncertainty is difficult to live with.

We are hesitant to express optimism too loudly as there are those close to us worried about their health, their mortgage or their job.

But we have the brief opportunity to express hope openly and cheerfully with these two words, Merry Christmas.

Certainly, sharing a holiday greeting won't have significant and long term impacts on the economy. It won't speed up research on renewable energy sources. It won't cure cancer. It doesn't slow down the march of time or help you balance your checkbook.

It is plain and simple and somewhat overused and under appreciated. And occasionally, it can said in an insincere way, another mindless saying in the vein of "Have a nice day."

But it is such an uncomplicated way to say that we wish for the strength to overcome the current obstacles and find the opportunities that lie within our challenges.

It is a reminder that despite our differences, I hope that you and your family have cause and ability to be glad and celebrate.

It is a diversion from our daily irritants and a shared wish that old times are relived and new memories are created to be savored throughout the new year.

It is the verbal equivalent of a hotdish delivered when you're sick.

It is a shorthand version of the sentiments that come in cards, given without cost or need for postage.

So, Merry Christmas to you from the staff at the Morris Sun Tribune.