In response to Christine Popiela, I disagree with the negativity of her outlook. When people are out shopping during the Christmas season, we don’t know if those gifts are for themselves.
Those presents may be intended for a needy family or someone who has lost a loved one during the past year. Maybe those purchases are for a local children’s hospital or a nursing home.
I don’t believe most people have “taken a holy thing and made it into a business.” I have always noticed people seem to be a little kinder, a lot more generous, and aware of the blessings of family and friends at Christmas.
At the school where I have taught for 19 years, our staff, our students and their families have consistently reached out to the community and to each other all year — not just at Christmas.
I don’t agree that there is a connection between “packing our churches instead of the malls.” What people do and how they treat others outside of church is the true measure of good will.
- Mark Ashmann, Griffith