Tahlequah Daily Press

Editorials

December 24, 2013

Celebrate your tradition!

TAHLEQUAH — Tonight, most Cherokee County kids will be tucked into their beds to await the arrival of Santa Claus. And on Christmas Day Wednesday, many families will choose to honor the “reason for the season” at local churches, though many who are of that mind will have performed that tribute this past Sunday.

However one chooses to celebrate this season, the message and meaning are the same: one of giving generously, of hope for deliverance for the world from its woes, and of peace and goodwill toward all people. Upon these things we should all agree, rather than use this time of year to emphasize what divides us as Cherokee Countians, as Americans, and as human beings.

It is our wish at the Tahlequah Daily Press that each and every one of you is able to spent cherished time with family and friends this holiday season, enjoying traditions that have become part of your life. At the same, we hope you will remember those who are less fortunate, and do what you can to help them. That, more than anything else, stands as a testament for those who truly want to keep the “Christ” in Christmas. If you do not care for your fellow human beings, this celebration rings hollow.

We at the TDP are privileged to share this community with you, and we’re grateful to have you as readers and advertisers. We believe the TDP – and other media sources serious about being watchdogs and sources of information, rather than mere purveyors of entertainment – have an important role to play. Without the Fourth Estate, the First Amendment would have very little meaning. And without the larger media outlets with their abundant resources and national and global reach, the “powers that be” would run rampant on a scale even more extensive than they do now, and few of us would ever know about it. We are here to serve you – not the other way around.

We wish all of you a merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous New Year, and we thank you for your continued support.

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