Merry Christmas from Dargan

December 19, 2010|By LLOYD "PETE" WATERS

Shhhhhhhh!!! Let’s not mention Christmas this year. All right?

Let’s be politically correct and just say “Happy Holidays.”

What’s up with that?  I have always enjoyed Christmas and have always enjoyed wishing people a Merry Christmas and people wishing me a Merry Christmas back.

When growing up in those beautiful hills of Dargan, Christmas was always a very special time of the year.

Everyone seemed to be a tad bit friendlier and even some became a little more fond of giving and helping out others in need during the season.  
I always liked that about our little community.

OK, OK, OK, I know people can be a little goofy at times. They can act a bit greedy, a little hurried, don’t extend any courtesy to you as a shopper or driver and can be downright mean-spirited. That’s the story of Scrooge, isn’t it?

I know that description wouldn’t apply to me or you.

But on Christmas, I sometimes see people in church that I haven’t seen all year. Something seems to stir them. Perhaps a memory. Perhaps an emptiness. Perhaps a dream for a better tomorrow.

Even if you don’t go to church, many people are often placed in your path for some odd reason during the Christmas season.  

Perhaps your sole purpose in life is to pause and help.

You know, it’s a little like hope.

Hope doesn’t always show up, but whenever it does, especially in the middle of a crisis or need ... well, it’s nice to see hope, huh?

I always see those ads on TV and at the movie theater about those poor kids with cancer who are treated at St. Jude’s hospital.

I wonder if Christmas might not provoke someone to send a dollar or two to help them out.

In our own community, I see that cancer has knocked on the doors of those who live nearby.

I wonder if Christmas might not provoke someone to visit, to call or to help in some small way to make a difference to them as they cope with their illness.

I think about those without medical insurance, who might be helped a little by our local health clinic, if they had a few more dollars from those who have good health insurance and a job.

Our friends in the nursing homes might enjoy Christmas a little more if they had someone to visit, give them a hug or simply say “Merry Christmas” to them.
I always think more about our soldiers at Christmas for some odd reason.

Wars are no fun to begin with, but at Christmas, they seem just plain wrong.

Maybe one Christmas soon, the world can be filled with some quiet and peace and everyone can look at the stars and feel good about humankind.

I always like to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” on TV during the Christmas season.

Yeah, I’m a little nostalgic when it comes to the old movie classics, and that one is rated as one of the best 100 movies of all time.

The movie is based on a short story called “The Greatest Gift” and it has a theme about the goodness of man and contains a message of hope.

It didn’t make a lot of money at the box office, but at the end of the movie, George Bailey, the main character, is reminded by his guardian angel Clarence, “Dear George: A man is not a failure if he has friends.”

Yep, this Christmas season, it’s sure nice to have some friends.

And maybe seeking a little hope for a better world tomorrow is not a bad idea either.

I don’t know what greeting you might use this year, but as for me, I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas from the hills of Dargan.

Lloyd “Pete” Waters is a Sharpsburg resident who writes for The Herald-Mail.

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