Editorial: Ghosts of Christmases past

Share some warmth and light in the darkest days of the year

The ghost of Jacob Marley said it best:

“It is required of every man that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death. It is doomed to wander through the world and witness what it cannot share, but might have shared on earth, and turned to happiness!”

Marley’s chilling warning to Scrooge not only sums up the theme of A Christmas Carol but remains good advice 174 years after Charles Dickens penned his classic Christmas tale.

It took three more ghosts to get the message across to Scrooge, but let’s face it, there are few people in the world as mean-spirited as he was at the beginning of the story, so there’s hope for all of us.

Sending your spirit forth doesn’t mean necessarily getting out there and volunteering for a charity — though that’s a very good way. It can be as simple as a smile as you pass someone on the street, leaving a chocolate on someone’s desk, holding a door open, helping jumpstart a car or any of a million other little things you can do all year long.

The best part is these activities cost nothing, but the return on your investment is huge. Nothing beats that feeling of knowing that you made someone else’s day just a little brighter.

And that sums it up. End of editorial, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or what have you. No matter what your religion — or lack thereof — get out there and share some warmth and love on these darkest days of the year.

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!”

– Steve Kidd writes for Penticton Western News.

Just Posted

Updated: RCMP find body of missing woman who fell into B.C. River

The body of Jessie Lavallee was found in the North Thompson River south of Barriere

Updated: RCMP find body of missing woman who fell into B.C. River

The body of Jessie Lavallee was found in the North Thompson River south of Barriere

‘Daddy bonus’ common in B.C. workplaces, study finds

UBC researchers say dads don’t have to be number one in the office to get a raise

30 degrees and warmer forecasted with heat wave in B.C.

The weather could stay well into next week, according to Environment Canada

Updated: Police confirm death of woman at Wells Gray Park

She was with a group of people from Kamloops at Spahat Creek Falls when she fell about 500 feet

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

B.C. NHL prospect expected to make ‘full recovery’ after an incident in Calgary

Jordy Bellerive was injured in a reported house fire Saturday night

BC Lions defensive back Marcell Young levels streaker in home opener

Young hit the fan near one of the 45-yard lines

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

Two Mexican World Cup fans were among those hit

B.C. VIEWS: Orphans of our urban drug culture neglected again

Child advocate Bernard Richard leaves B.C. with harsh message

From marijuana beer to pot cookies, Canadian companies creating cannabis edibles

Manufacturers think that edibles will do well with users who don’t want to smoke or vape

Privacy lawyer warns against victim blaming in recent sextortion scams

Perpetrators get sexual photos of the victim and threaten to share them with friends and families

QB Jennings leads Lions to 22-10 win over Alouettes

B.C. wins CFL home opener over Montreal

Most Read