Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

The picture of Christmas is one of good cheer: family and friends surrounding a dinner table, presents being exchanged— good feelings all around. But this isn't the case for everyone. Some will have no families to celebrate with and others have such painful family memories that such gatherings, if they happen at all, are difficult. There might even be someone missing at this year's gathering. So keep in mind, that not everyone is feeling the Christmas cheer. Can I encourage you to reach out and be there for those who need some encouragement?  Remind them that the reality behind Christmas is the Christ who came to comfort the afflicted. Sharing this greatest gift of Christ's love to those most in need might just be the best present we can give someone else this Christmas.