WHAT’S your favourite image of Christmas?
A decorated Christmas tree?
A tray of cookies just coming out of the oven, the smell wafting through the air?
Settling in to watch some of those classic Christmas movies — the same ones watched each year to the point you can repeat, afterward, the dialogue from your favourite scenes?
Lights on the homes of neighbours that make the nightly walk with the dog a bit more cheery?
Perhaps the nativity scene, thanks to the Knights of Columbus, set up on the roof of the entrance to city hall. It’s not really Christmas in Terrace without that scene.
Or if not a current image of Christmas, how about a past one? Who still looks up to the bench in December, remembering the tree at Terraceview Lodge that was once lit up?
However and whatever your image of Christmas is, it’s important to remember it stems from a singular event which has since had great consequences in defining the course of human history.
And however and in what fashion you choose to celebrate or reflect on Christmas as a person, that very personal act joins us all together.
That alone should put to rest what appears to be the annual war over the “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays” forces.
There are many ways to celebrate Christmas. Let the one you choose serve you the best.