With the Christmas decorations all around us and the people madly shopping for last minute gifts, it's hard not to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of the commercialized holiday season. But as Dec. 25 approaches, take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
As you prepare your gift list, remember that some of the best (and most cherished) gifts are free - a smile, a pat on the back, a hug or a kind word - go a long way when times are tough and these simple acts speak volumes to a dreary world.
Merry Christmas from the staff of the Tyler Star News. May your holiday be filled with joy.