Many in our community are so very fortunate this holiday season.
They have the benefit of family and friends and many rich blessings. Many will enjoy the delicious foods of the season, such as home-baked cookies, boiled custard, turkey, ham, homemade coconut cake and all the trimmings that compliment these dishes.
And, of course, many will awake Christmas Day to find brilliantly colored packages wrapped with colorful ribbons just waiting to be opened and ready to surprise.
This season will be especially joyful for Darlene and I due to the grandchildren’s excitement for Christmas. They are at the perfect age for this celebration – 4, 3 and 2 years old.
This will be how this special time of year will unfold for many, but for others the season will not be so cheerful. Wilson County, as you know, is the second wealthiest county in Tennessee, but even so our community is not immune from poverty and citizens who are desperately in need.
We have elderly citizens who are without family and who need the attention of others and we have many who are jobless or who find themselves without the resources to provide for their families the good things associated with the Christmas season.
Some in our community will be hungry this Christmas, others homeless. Some children will not have a visit from Santa. And many will be lonely due to the loss of a loved one this past year. Christmas for them will not be the same.
I want to ask each of you to be especially mindful of everyone this Christmas. Each of us needs to be sensitive to those in need of the gifts of support for those in need this holiday season.
Take a moment and call your church or one of our many local charities and ask what you might do to help someone in need.
It might be as simple as a visit to a nursing home or with an elderly person who is confined, or maybe a financial contribution to help provide a Christmas for a local needy family.
This is the season for giving. We should not forget this. Each of us should be sensitive to those who need the gifts of the season most.
On behalf of our city, I take this opportunity to wish each of you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Philip Craighead is mayor of Lebanon.