Our Anticipation Grows.
It is the Holiday Season!

This column will appears in print at a time when the day light hours are the shortest and the nighttime hours seem endless; and, the cold wintry season may be acomin' after all. It is a season, when by the calendar, it always arrives on time. For many of us, this is a holiday time. There is the normal hustle and bustle and last minute things to do; but, on the face of it, most of us seem to like it that way. In fact, if we were given more time to get ready, we probably would not do anything much differently. Somehow, most of us seem to manage... just like it is.

A season of busy activity is upon us, certainly the postman will sustain that observation. As with the lives of many of our friends and neighbors, young and old, there is the feeling of anticipation and expectation. And then, there are some who at this time of the year who feel a certain loneliness. Many of our readers can empathize with those who are full of anticipation as well as those who feel a bit forgotten. Most of us, if not all of us, have experienced the "ups" and "downs" of what life has to offer. And so, many of us have experiences very much in common: we know the joy of giving and we know the need to receive. We know the pleasure of helping to fulfill the needs of others, as others have done for us. Won't you please join me in our holiday "gift wish" to others, ... so that others may receive the special warmth of attentive giving?

To the children, we ask that they be given attentive guidance, kindness, health and safety. But especially, may they feel a special nurturing of love and may they see their dreams as the magic of a falling star that they can catch and hold. For the teenagers in our midst, we ask that they be given a special attention and guidance and a feeling of personal worth and dignity which many of them so desperately seek. And may their hopes for a bright tomorrow be filled with possibility thinking. For the adults in our midst, we ask that they be given strength, patience, perseverance, love and foresight so to be the teachers of our children and young people and to send a message of good will and caring. For those who are grieving, it is our wish that they may find comfort in the memories that their life pathway crossed, if only for a short time. For those who are lonely and feel alone, we ask that they find comfort in giving cheer and hope to others who are sorely in need of both. To those of our neighbors who have suffered the ravages of fire, water, winds and natural disasters, we ask that their lives may be put back together and that their hopes may find enriching fulfillment.

To the men and women of our armed forces who sacrificed so much for us, we are supremely thankful. To the men and women of our armed forces who are working now to defend freedom, we ask that they be given a special measurement of encouragement and a special "thank you" from a grateful people. And to the leaders of our Country, we ask that they may be blessed with the insight and discernment of wisdom, so to have the character and the determination to effectively lead a willing, hopeful, and thankful people.

To all, it is our wish, that justice may prevail in a world free of terrorism and tyranny. May the year 2016 be filled with joy and may PEACE prevail and freedom ring out for all to hear. And so to all we wish: "Wesolych Swiat," "Felices Fiestas," "Buone Feste," "Frohe Feiertage," "Chag Sameach," "Joyeux Noël," and "Happy Holidays."

In closing, I am most appreciative for the many enthusiastic and positive responses I have received from so many of our readers: A genuine "Thank you" to ALL. And, I wish too, to extend grateful appreciation to the Editor and Staff of this newspaper for their kind assistance and helpful cooperation. And so, to ALL ... may the joy of this season warm your heart with joy, peace, and goodwill. Merry Christmas to ALL!