There is much to be thankful for this holiday season

The holiday season is upon us. Joy, happy events — we are thankful for all the blessings we have. It is a time to reflect and move on.

With all the problems we are facing there is still much to be thankful for in our nation. We need to keep a positive attitude to counter all the negatives. There are some who only want to criticize, who want to find fault, who want to change everything. There are also some who see the good in everything. These are the people we should listen to, the positives, not the negatives.

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for our many blessings. As a nation have much to be thankful for. Take a moment to think about all the good we have: families, spouses, children, friends, our health, the list goes on and on.

As Christmas approaches, let us remember what is the reason for the season: The birth of Jesus Christ our Savior. For those who are not Christian, who don’t celebrate Christ’s birth, let us who do celebrate as we have for generations. Keep a positive frame of mind. This is a season of joy and happiness for everyone. Whether we celebrate Kwanzaa or Hanuka or another holiday, celebrate it with the appropriate traditions and meaning.

Traditions are vitally important. Let us maintain these, knowing that as time passes, they may need to be altered as needed — altered but not really changed. Traditions are the foundation of families. like “Aunt Rosie’s” delicious pies and “Uncle Ted’s” stupid jokes. Let’s remember those who are no longer with us, those who taught us right from wrong, those who are missed, but not forgotten.

Let the politicians and others have their negative attitudes, but we’ll keep our positive thoughts and attitudes. That is the only way our society will grow and prosper. Keep the faith, never let it fade. Pass it on to our children so they may have the same joy and happiness we have.

With all the problems we face today, take time this season to celebrate the holidays. Those problems will be there when the season is over. We can work on them then. Working together as our leaders claim they will, problems will be solved. In the meantime enjoy the holiday season. Remembering the true meaning of the holiday and keeping the traditions.

Herb Dettmer is a retired Bowling Green resident, U.S. Army veteran and writes this column representing the viewpoint of “Joe Average” citizen. He is freelance writer and author of “Others,” a devotional book. Call or text “Joe” with comments at 419-494-4641.