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Happy Holidays from the News



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As we put the Christmas edition of the News to bed, it seems like the perfect time to tell you, each and every reader, how much you mean to those of us who labor weekly on this paper. Continuing a weekly process that began in 1863; keeping it fresh, interesting and relevant to more than 6,000 readers a week is truly a daunting task. It is never taken lightly, never done perfectly, but always done with love for the community we serve.

Perhaps because the world seems in more turmoil than ever, covering the many holiday activities and events in the community has been more joyful than ever. Two highlights were seeing the Business Association of Margaretville, through the work of Erwin Karl, rekindle the community Menorah lighting in recognition of Chanukah and sharing a spirited celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe led by a live Mariachi band. The beauty of these events was that both were enjoyed not just by those who organized them, but by others in the community who don’t even share those religious traditions.

Our “On the Street” column has explored different aspects of the holiday season from favorite traditions to holiday foods. This week, we considered holiday music. You can read it on this page. From sacred to secular, there are thousands of pieces of wonderful music to celebrate the season. But here, we wanted to single out just one song that seems so right this year. “Merry Christmas Means I Love You,” by Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood gently chides those who have instigated and fueled a debate over whether one may or should say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” It’s that time of year again.

That we spend with family and with friends.

Good tidings we send,

Of love without end, Amen.

Lately we fight instead,

On just how the tidings should be spread.

We lightly tread,

On words that are said or read.

But if love is the gift that you’re giving

Whatever you call it is cool

No matter what your nation or god

So happy holidays, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Yule

Season’s best, Feliz Navidad

Merry Christmas, when I say

Merry Christmas to you

Merry Christmas means I love you.

So this year I’m hoping for,

A gift that you can’t get from the store,

To love and adore like never before and more.

So maybe this holiday,

When someone you don’t know comes your way,

Whatever you say to honor the day is ok

‘Cause if love is the gift that you’re giving

Whatever you call it is cool

No matter what your nation or god

So happy holidays, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule

Season’s best, Feliz Navidad

Merry Christmas, when I say

Merry Christmas to you

Merry Christmas means I love you.”

So with a nod to Brooks and Yearwood, and with lots of love and respect for all our readers, we’ve wish you the happiest of holiday seasons.


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