Amber’s letter: what Christmas is all about

Mike Kellems

Column by WNLP’s Mike Kellems

     I have been kicking around some thoughts for a follow up to the column I penned last month on our need for Thanksgiving. I’m grateful for the positive feedback and encouragement to write more and I’ve truly felt compelled to write about our need for this Christmas. Without question, we’ve been through the toughest year in modern times. That is all I’m going to say about the struggles everyone seems to have faced. No need to rehash the harsh. Besides, what I wanted to say was right there in front of me this morning. Of course it was written by someone else but I digress.

     So as I was mulling over ideas, I re-read the letter that was shared by Jane Bernard from La Porte County’s incredible animal shelter. The letter was featured in a story in Tuesday’s edition of WNLP and written by Amber. This young lady had run into some of the same difficulties that have plagued many and so she turned to the internet to find a source of food for her beloved dogs, Aleister and Audrina. Amber was pointed to the animal shelter. The staff at the shelter stepped up as they always do and provided what Amber needed … on many different levels. If you haven’t already done so, I’d encourage you to read Amber’s letter: https://whatsnewlaporte.com/2020/12/22/heartfelt-letter-illustrates-the-generosity-of-healthcare-foundation-animal-shelter/

     You see, Amber’s letter is what Christmas is all about. While we often overlook the true meaning, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. My understanding and belief of the Bible tells me that Jesus was born to be our savior. His arrival on earth over 2,000 years ago was God’s way of delivering us hope, love and peace. You’ll see that Amber so eloquently wrote that she found hope and love and peace in her quest to find food for her pets. Amber used those exact words in her missive; love, hope and peace. If you look at the news stories on WNLP, peruse social media or what is often at the end of the 5:30 PM nightly news, you’ll see examples of folks being taken care of and receiving assistance with a wide variety of dilemmas.  It happens often, right here in our community and in cities all across these United States. People taking care of people. It doesn’t take much effort and it doesn’t always cost money. What it takes is all of us, denying ourselves and lending a hand to a neighbor in need.

     It is out there, you won’t have to look hard to see it and when you do see it, it’ll help cover some of the ugliness that still exists. Christmas is an awesome holiday filled with wonder and excitement when you’re a child. It is filled with opportunities to make wonder and excitement when you’re an adult. All you need is hope, love and peace.

     On behalf of everyone at WNLP, Merry Christmas to you all… and Happy Birthday to Jesus too!

7 Responses to “Amber’s letter: what Christmas is all about”

  1. Tim

    Dec 24. 2020

    Merry Christmas Mike.

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  2. William Herrbach

    Dec 24. 2020

    You have a talent, for snatching something good out of a dreadful situation. Keep up the good work. Thanks Mike for getting us back to what x-mas is all about.

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  3. Left LaPorte

    Dec 25. 2020

    Spot on Mike! Many of us have opportunities that allow us to do something good for those in need. My wife and I were relocating in the 90’s due to work and like most had a garage sale. While listening to WCOE, we heard of a family who lost many things due to a fire ask Ken for help. We looked at each other and knew this was just that act of kindness needed and reached out to the family. We gave them our bedroom furniture set without hesitation. I can’t explain the feeling that day when they came to pick up our items…tears were involved but our hearts were filled with joy. Merry Christmas to all.

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  4. lawman

    Dec 25. 2020

    agree with all-but why can’t we say ”merry Christmas” any more. happy holidays just doesn’t cut it.

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  5. John

    Dec 25. 2020

    Lawman: Because “Happy holidays” or “Happy holiday season” encompasses the entire season from pre-Christmas to Christmas to New Year’s and is for those who may be a tad less religious than those who prefer “Merry Christmas.”

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  6. lawman

    Dec 25. 2020

    john i understand your explanation but for the first 60+ years of my life-EVERYWHERE you saw ”merry christmas and a happy new year”-try finding that anywhere now.. not used in any commercials, signs etc. it is all political correctness.

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  7. Left LaPorte

    Dec 26. 2020

    John / Lawman, I grew up when politics were never part of everyday life other than election cycles. Today the “speech police” have ruined most news programs and I listen less than ever now! I try to use the correct greetings per season, but I was raised like Lawman.

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