Dan Svitich
STAR Catholic Trustee for Ponoka

Finding blessings during the Christmas season


“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.’” — Luke 2:10-11

As we make our way through Advent and approach Christmas, we may struggle to feel connected to those we care about. With new restrictions in place to bring the pandemic under control, it can be difficult to accept that the holidays will not look the same as we are used to.

In these challenging and often dark times, it’s important to find light and positivity in our days.

There are few better feelings than lending a helping hand to someone in need. Challenge yourself to find new ways to give back to your community. Writing Christmas cards to seniors, donating toys and other gifts, or just paying for someone else’s coffee in the drive-thru can all give a much-needed boost during this season of giving.

This year has been unlike any other; why not make it even more unique? Create a new tradition with members of your household by trying something different this season, whether it’s a new recipe, an activity, or watching a special movie. When you keep this tradition for the years to come, you’ll reflect on the positive memories you created together this year.

Last but certainly not least, we can find connection through our faith. Attend mass virtually if you are unable to attend in person and have a virtual meeting with friends and extended family to come together in prayer. Take time to appreciate the beauty of the winter season and give thanks to God for all we are blessed with.

Find peace in preparing your heart for the coming of Christ and comfort in knowing others are doing the same. We invite members of the community to share photos of their Advent wreaths, Nativity scenes, and other symbols of the season on social media using #ShareYourGrace and #IBelieveInCatholicEd.

Let us come together in celebration of the miracle of Christmas as we seek out the positive in every day. Let us remind ourselves that, even when we must remain apart, and despite any amount of distance, we are united in His love for us and our love for one another.