On Dec. 25, my husband and I enjoyed
a joyfully busy Christmas morning with our four young children. When I finally sat down to rest for a moment that afternoon, I noticed the Dec. 23 edition of the Hudson Hub-Times lying open on the table.
As I picked up the newspaper and turned to the front page, I was thrilled to see the words "Merry Christmas" and a full-page photo of a beautiful little Nativity set on the cover. Over the past 10 years, I have observed more and more people shying away from wishing others a "Merry Christmas" and opting instead for "Happy Holidays" during this time of year. I have done this myself, afraid to offend somebody who might not believe or celebrate the same things I do. In doing so, I always feel I am being less than truthful to myself and my faith.
It was refreshing to see that rather than opting for a secular symbol of Christmas, such as a photo of a lighted tree on the Green or a recently-built snowman, the Hub boldly delivered the central message of the Christian faith on their front page. I was touched and uplifted. The photo of the baby Jesus in that little Nativity is especially important this year, as we grieve with the families in Newtown who lost the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with some of those dearest to them. Through Christ, those grieving can find peace and the assurance that they will one day be reunited with their loved ones.
Though not all of your staff members may be Christian, thank you, Hub, from our family for adding to the season and helping us celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
Julie Pochman, Hudson