"Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias."
This famous response from New York's Sun Editor Francis Pharcellus Church examines 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon's wavering belief in sights unseen -- in this case, Santa Claus.
But the thrust of Church's response is worth remembering 116 years later: That what's most important about the Christmas season can be believed in absolutely, without ever being seen or touched.
Make sure your loved ones know that you love them. What would Christmas be without the fellowship of family and friends?
Be generous with others and yourself. Take a break from shopping and volunteer at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter.
Renew your faith. Remember that the reason we celebrate is the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
It's our hope at Record Publishing Co. that the Christmas season serves as chance to show goodwill toward all. Let the hustle and bustle of the season give way to warmth and joy on Christmas morning.
And it is our wish that you never lose your belief in Santa Claus -- or in the power of love, generosity, faith, and hope that can change a cold, stressful season into a one of miracles.
Merry Christmas to all.