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Seeking out blessings during the Christmas season

STAR Catholic trustee column
Marilyn Burke. (Photo submitted)

“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, there are few better ways to get into the spirit than lending a helping hand to someone in need.

Challenge yourself to find new ways to give back to your community! Sending 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.

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.

Remember to take the time to appreciate the beauty of the winter season and give thanks to God for all we are blessed with! Find peace and joy in preparing your heart for the coming of Christ.

Let us come together in celebration of the miracle of Christmas as we seek out the gifts in every day and unite in His love for us and our love for one another.

This column was submitted by STAR Catholic Schools. Marilyn Burke ( is the local Trustee on the STAR Catholic Schools Division Board. STAR Catholic Schools has more than 4,400 students in 12 schools located in Beaumont, Drayton Valley, Leduc, Lacombe, Ponoka and Wetaskiwin.