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Merry Christmas!

The very words connote joy, happiness, goodwill and cheer. Indeed, this is a time for celebration; for commemorating the wondrous birth of the Christ child two millennia ago. Yet this year, world conditions and the nation's economic crisis may cause some to wonder how "merry" this Christmas can actually be.

May we suggest that genuine merriment is more connected with the giving side of this remarkable holiday than it is with the rampant materialism that seems to dominate the season! Giving, in KSL's view, doesn't just mean costly gifts.

Though there may be temporary challenges, contemplate the simple joy of living during a time of such overwhelming abundance and sharing that joyful attitude with others.

Reflect on the genuine happiness that results from being with family and friends.

Think about the goodwill generated by reaching out to those whose circumstances are even more challenging than yours. They're easy to find and it doesn't take much to do a lot of good.

And ponder the meaning of cheer, which invokes a general sense of optimism and the realization that most setbacks are temporary and can be overcome.

It is indeed a season of joy, happiness, goodwill and cheer. Merry Christmas from all of us at KSL!

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