Out of My Mind, Jan. 22, 2011

Christmas a time to reflect on peace
Christmas and the holidays through a child’s eyes. As we publish an avalanche of Letters to Santa before forwarding them to the North Pole we can just about recapture what a magical time it truly is.

We often forget just what this time is about, or at least what it should be about. Many of us get so caught up in the rush of trying to get everyone gifts that even a few minutes to think about the reason for the holidays can be lost. While we’re not against presents by any means – they can be a great part of the holidays, especially for the kids. And, if your lucky enough to have children or grandchildren around you know what we mean. The delight in a child’s eyes as they tear open their presents or look in wonder at holiday decorations are memories that can last a lifetime.
However, it is also a good time for those so inclined to step back from all the commercialism and remember that Christmas represent Christ’s birth. And, it is the perfect time for anyone, religious or not, Christian or not, to reflect on the good of mankind and the struggle for peace on earth.
This Christmas many families around the country are receiving one of the best presents they could ask for as the troops are come home from Iraq. Their loved ones, some of them gone from their homes for multiple tours, are home or will soon be before the end of the year. Who could ask for more other than a similar end to the war in Afghanistan?
So, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Ramadan or something else, we at the Gazette-Tribune wish you peace this holiday season.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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