I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this is my favorite time of year.

A time for giving, sharing, living life to its fullest and also a time for reflection.

The spirit of Christmas causes people to decorate their homes and churches, erect trees inside their homes decking them with lights, ornaments, tinsel and garland. In the beauty of that tree, families make merry and give gifts to one another during this special time of the year.

Yet, there is still more to Christmas — the true reason for the season.

For me, Christmas can be simply summed up in three words — Christ’s miraculous birth — the beginning of humanity’s means to salvation.

So this year as the holiday quickly approaches, take time out from the busy hustle and bustle to ponder the true meaning of what this season is all about.

And also remember those serving our nation in the armed forces who can’t be home with their loved ones this year to celebrate Christmas.

If possible, thank a serviceman or woman for their service and sacrifice to keep our great nation safe and to protect our freedom and liberties.

This is my last column before the big day, and I want to take the opportunity to wish for you all the goodness of Christmas. Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.

May the Lord bless you and your family this holiday season and may He grant you peace and love at this most holy and sacred time of the year.

To all, we wish you a Merry Christmas.

Paula I. Bryant is the editor of The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at pbryant@gazettevirginian.com.​

Paula I. Bryant is the editor of The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at pbryant@gazettevirginian.com.