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Letter: This Christmas will look different. But we can still find joy

Lights reflect off ornaments hanging on a Christmas tree at The Gateway in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.
Nick Wagner, Deseret News

Now that it is Christmastime, the events of the past year will overshadow our normal enthusiasm for this joyful holiday. It may become very difficult to participate in visits to Santa or Christmas parties or attend any public celebrations — as we have both government regulations and personal awareness that will limit our participation in these happy events.

There still is a simple means of hope available to all, which is to shed a little light on our current darkness. Try decorating your living quarters in and out with the holiday festive means afforded to all of us. You will give joy to many just by the view you provide.

Remember all who keep us safe from harm’s way: our military, first responders and medical teams. Also remember all who work diligently to provide the services and products that are the necessities for living a responsible life.

Try sharing a little of your resources with others less fortunate, who may have a present need for health care, food and shelter.

It will be different this year, but Christmas always has had an interior motive for joy. Just look deeper and enjoy your holiday with new love and compassion.

Bob Sweeney

Warwick, Rhode Island