Finding meaning in the season

For many, this is a holiday where it is difficult to find meaning or joy. If you find yourself less than jolly this year, try these suggestions.

If the Sept. 11 tragedies have caused you to reconsider the way you celebrate this holiday, you’re not alone. National opinion polls have indicated that two-thirds of Americans say they are planning to make the holiday more meaningful than ever as a result of the recent tragedy.

There are many ways to make the season have a deeper meaning for you and your family. These are some meaningful ways to give of yourself, your resources and your time:

• The North Kitsap Bellringer Fund needs your contribution to meet the growing needs of families facing a difficult holiday season. Many individuals, families and businesses have given generously this year, which makes achieving the fund’s $25,000 goal a good possibility.

• Fishline Food Bank and both Kingston Food Banks need donations of food and cash to help meet an increased need among North Kitsap families that will be there before, during and after the holidays. When you shop for your family, remember the needs of those who are less fortunate this year.

• Reach out to your neighbor. Many of our neighbors, parti- cularly seniors, are struggling with health, financial, and personal issues during this season of joy. Take the time to go see your neighbor and let them know you care.

•Finish your shopping right here in North Kitsap. Many area merchants are reporting that next week’s sales will make an important difference for them. Although many local businesses are already having a successful holiday season, all of our local, often small family businesses need your support and patronage.

Most of all, remember to share this time of the year with your family. Worship together, make a few cookies, share a few old family jokes—help make this a season that has real meaning for you and your family.

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