I was saddened to read the letter from the woman who is disheartened about Christmas. Although she mentioned this being the first without her mom, she also had bad feelings about prior holidays. I heard Christmas music the other day and also thought it was way too soon. But I love Christmas and all that goes with it.
There are so many ways to put the spotlight back where it belongs -- on the birth of Christ. What we do for others, whether it's volunteering, baking for a shut-in or making donations, we are truly doing for Christ. And many Christmas traditions, even the ones that are commercialized, still have a meaning that commemorate the first Christmas.
It is difficult to face the first holidays without a loved one, but reaching out to others can be so comforting.