It seems as the years of my life pass, the meaning of Christmas is frequently lost in a landslide of trees, parties and gifts. However, tonight a thought rose to my mind. We can see all that is bad — war, poverty, crime and so on. But in this month we see carolers, acts of kindness and a sense of renewal. Christmas is a time to show that people the world over have the capacity for good. So please believe me when I say: Have a merry Christmas and a wonderful new year.

Robert Simmons