The Ottumwa Courier

Columns

December 10, 2012

'And a little child shall lead them'

The Road Less Traveled

OTTUMWA — Editor’s Note: Due to the request of our readers, we are pleased to reprint this column from 2004.

Like many of us, I sometimes am overwhelmed with the holidays — the commercialism, the extravagant holiday parties, gifts, wrapping paper, ornaments, Christmas cards, light displays, giant air-filled Santas and snowmen.

But now and again, it takes the voice of a child to point us in the right direction — to share the true meaning of Christmas.

The other night, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” aired on television and what can only be described as a poignant moment for me as a child, and still today as an adult, was Linus’ speech about what Christmas is all about.

He recited part of the Christmas story from the Bible, Luke 2:8-14.

And for a few moments, the rest of the Peanuts gang forgot about the Christmas play they were trying to put on or about finding the perfect tree.

This animated Christmas show may be nearly 40 years old, but its message, just like the one written more than 2,000 years ago, is at the heart of what this season is all about.

We recently printed some letters to Santa from young children in Ottumwa about what they wanted for Christmas.

While many listed Barbie dolls and video games, there were a couple of letters that stood out.

Having toys and presents were not an issue to one child, rather having Dad home from Kuwait was far more important. Or the letter from another child thanking Santa for being able to celebrate Christmas early this year because Dad was going to be gone Dec. 25.

These children’s voices, not unlike the cartoon character of Linus, offer reason and a bit of sanity for the rest of us caught up in the chaos of the Christmas season.

You need not be religious to understand that the origins of Christmas are a far cry from what it has become.

So what is Christmas all about?

Ask a child, look in his or her eyes, and you’ll find the true meaning of what this holiday is all about.

Merry Christmas!

1
Text Only
Columns
  • Bullying IS personal

    October 25, 2013

  • 0928 OTT gourds color -T What about fall? Is it just me, or is Christmas coming earlier every year? I feel like I find myself asking this question annually. Now, I love the holiday season, putting up the tree, hanging stockings, shopping for and wrapping presents, Christmas carols and all th

    September 27, 2013 3 Photos

  • Big votes coming up Ottumwans planning to vote in the upcoming city primary and general elections have a couple times left to watch or attend a City Council session. You should, especially if you haven't been keeping up with city issues. Prior to the next council meetin

    September 17, 2013

  • Don't forget the band The other night as the Ottumwa Bulldogs prepared to open their season, I could hear the sounds of another group preparing for their first night of the season. It was the Ottumwa marching band. As I watched them warm up for the game, I thought about w

    September 6, 2013

  • It's time to get smart Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their community. Have I written this before? Perhaps. But it needs stating again and again and again. Ottumwa voters have two important elections approaching: Ottumwa school board seats

    August 30, 2013

  • From Disney to debauchery

    August 30, 2013

  • Saturday Night Live Saturday night liveliness is more like it. Little Max entertained his grandmas in fine fashion during a weekend supper planned by his parents. "We let him sleep so he'd be ready to party," Scott laughed as little Max laughed with his dad. Katy held h

    August 23, 2013

  • 0821 OTT chelsea mug -T Jumping off a mountain It's hard to believe tomorrow is my last day in Ottumwa. As some know or have heard through the grapevine, I've accepted a position as a reporter for The World, a newspaper in Coos Bay, Ore. Friday morning, my mom and I begin the 2,000-mile, 31-hour

    August 20, 2013 1 Photo

  • A relaxing summer movie

    August 15, 2013

  • Late-night TV blues & reviews

    July 29, 2013

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National