2016-12-21 / Opinions

We wish you a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

This, our annual Christmas issue, is filled with all sorts of special things for our readers. At the heart of it are writings from local school students, who have a particular interest in the magic involved in this time of year. Take the time to read their thoughts about the Christmas season. We’re pretty sure there is enough spirit in what they’ve penned to get anybody through the holiday, with extra to spare.

Remember that this week’s issue will be the last for 2016. As is the long-standing custom of The Morgan Messenger, we don’t publish an issue between Christmas and New Year’s so that the newspaper staff can spend time with their families and loved ones over the holidays. We’ll be back on newsstands January 4, 2017 with a look back on the big stories of this year and the usual news coverage. Your patience and your readership are much appreciated, throughout the year.

Living in this place, we are particularly blessed with an abundance of natural beauty around every corner. Over the holidays, take time to enjoy that beauty – whether you take a leisurely ride along our county roads or take a walk in the forest with family and friends. As the season changes to winter, our mountains, rivers and forests change, too. Take a moment to drink in their wonders.

Finally, a passage from the end of Charles Dickens’ 1843 “A Christmas Carol” is something to savor as the holidays arrive:

“Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more…He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and know that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.”

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