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The Years Fly By...

Karen Johns for local2 sault ste. marie
December 24th, 2011 at 8:00am

This article is a column or editorial.
The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of LOCAL2.


It’s hard to believe that yet another year has come and gone. I remember my grandmother telling me, when I was a little girl, that the years fly by faster the older you get to be.

She was right!

When we are children the days seem to stretch out forever. Who doesn’t remember when December seemed to last so long before Santa came. Yet now, as adults, the Christmas season is upon us seemingly before we have a chance to put the lawn furniture away at the end of summer. The weeks and months fly by and before we know it we are caught up in the crazy hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, often with nerves frayed and worries over spending money taking away the joy that we should be focusing on.

A lot of people seem to take offense if the greeting “Happy Holidays” is used, and many take offense if we use the words “Merry Christmas”.

In the end, does it really matter? Just the fact that we acknowledge our friends and acquaintances with a pleasant salutation should be enough.

Am I offended if a Jewish friend says Happy Hanukkah? Not a bit. This time of year belongs to those of the Jewish faith just as much as it does to Christians. And for that matter many religions celebrate this time of year. Pagans celebrate the winter solstice and Yule. Many people of African descent celebrate Kwanzaa.

Their traditions are just as important to them as those who celebrate the birth of Christ.

The one thing they have in common is to promote kindness and thankfulness and for peace on Earth. And for that to actually happen, mankind must treat their neighbour as they would like to be treated.

Arguing over who has the right to claim this time of year as their own, defeats the purpose and the message, that we should strive for peace.

I have a Christmas wish list that I would like to share, even if some of my wishes seem impossible. Isn’t it supposed to be a magical time of year?

I wish that every child on earth will have at least one person that believes in and loves them.

I wish that our government will find some way of taking care of the people of Attawapiskat and other Native communities where people are plagued with an existence filled with poverty, tainted water and inadequate shelter. Our government is quick to offer aid to other countries when disaster strikes, yet fails to meet the needs of our own people; people who are living a horrid life with seemingly little hope for a better future. (Perhaps Peter Mackay could quit wasting thousands of dollars of taxpayers money and put those funds where they could do some good!)

I wish that people would spay and neuter their cats and dogs to prevent the thousands of animals that have to be put down every year across the nation due to overpopulation. Puppy mills would be shut down, and our animal ownership laws would be changed so that animals are more than just “property”.

I wish all of the staff at Local2 have a wonderful year. I’ve worked with most of them, and they are all terrific people. ( I wish that I get to spend some time with Craig more often. He’s been a wonderful friend for over 25 years.)

I wish that my daughters and granddaughters and the rest of my family have a fruitful and love-filled life. They mean the world to me and I’m a lucky woman to have such wonderful people who are there for me, especially this past year when my health was so poor. ( Thank you for your caring and thoughtfulness.)

I wish that we all could do even one small thing that would brighten the lives of the homeless and those who rely on the Soup Kitchen for sustenance. Don’t always assume that these people are “lazy bums”. We don’t know the reason that so many end up on the streets, and we never know if someday we could be in that position.

Finally I wish that all of you have a wonderful year and that any problems you are worrying about now, will resolve themselves so that you can forget them and move on.

No matter what religion you are, or how you celebrate this season may you be filled with joy and happiness.

So Happy Hanukkah, Happy Yule, Happy Kwanzaa, and a very, very Merry Christmas!
Until next time, take care


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