“We need Christmas this year.”

I am a volunteer chaplain at the Clark County Coroner/Medical Examiner’s Office. During a recent conversation with an employee, I heard: “You know, seems like we really need Christmas this year.” The past 6 weeks have been unusually cruel with more homicides, suicides, tragic motor vehicle accidents and child deaths than usual.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the statement as I keep hearing it in day dreams and meditation.

Whether you celebrate Christmas; Hanukkah; Kwanzaa; Rohatsu or Bodhi Day; Sostice or Yule; Zoroastrian’s Zarathosht Diso; or Shinto’s Gantan-sai – Shinto- we need holiday respite this year. Let’s take it.

More posts about winter interfaith holydays to come in December.

“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you “Be of good cheer”
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
It’s the hap -happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It’s the hap – happiest season of all

There’ll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There’ll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
There’ll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

There’ll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There’ll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
There’ll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
*Holiday song by Harry Connick, Jr.

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“We need Christmas this year.”

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