On one hand, the presents, family gatherings, parties and all the cheer that go along with the season of hope, forgiveness and love are there to remind us all about the true meaning of the season.
On the other, however, is the hustle, bustle, tightening of your wallet and the loads of activities, events and places we all have to attend and visit within about a five week period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
While the holidays are a mixture of the fast-paced lives we’ve all come to accept and spending time with those we love, it’s also a time when thinking about others should be at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts.
It’s always better to give than to receive, as the old adage states, and the people of Union County should be encouraged — despite the hard economic conditions that still persist — to give as much as they can this Christmas season to help not only the organizations here that benefit from those gifts but those people they serve and assist.
There are many organizations like that throughout Union County.
They help those who cannot feed themselves.
They assist families who can’t afford to give their children as much as others during Christmastime.
There are organizations who help provide those in need with the essentials.
The key, right now, however, is that they all are trying to make the holidays brighter for the people they serve here at home who are not able to go to the Black Friday sales or, for some, spend even a single penny on extras because they simply can’t afford it.
You might be asking yourself why you should care.
The answer is simple.
The same people those Union County charitable organizations serve could be — and quite possibly are — people you know.
They could be your neighbors.
They could be your family members.
They could be your coworkers or employees.
Whoever they are, they are your fellow human beings.
Jesus taught us to treat others the way we would want to be treated. It is His birth Christians celebrate during Christmas.
So why not take a page from His book?
Instead of focusing on making sure you get what you want or someone else gets what they want for Christmas this year, make a donation to any or all of those Union County organizations who are trying to give those in need the kind of Christmas everyone wants.
One with happiness and cheer.
Be like the man in line at the department store who realizes it is better to help the little boy in front of him purchase a pair of shoes for his sick mother in time for Christmas instead of worrying about what else he has to do during the holiday.
Then you — and the people you help by giving your donation — will have your own “Christmas Shoes” story to tell and the holiday will be that much brighter.