With less than a month to go before Christmas, the holiday season is off to a rollicking start.
Malls, shopping centers and individual stores appeared to be doing brisk business as Mauians rushed out to scoop up Black Friday Week and early-season specials.
For a few days, we have shaken off the specter of "fiscal cliffs" and broken websites to go out and give some thought to our families' Christmas presents. The holidays are a chance to reflect on what a wonderful island, state and country we live in.
In short, the holidays are a time to feel good about ourselves again.
Despite what political operatives say, we are the most fortunate people on Earth.
During the next few weeks, an old favorite will remind us that "It's A Wonderful Life." We'll all watch the television as Angel Second Class Clarence earns his wings showing George Bailey that "no man is a failure who has friends."
Children's dreams about the miracle of Santa Claus and owning a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun will entertain a new audience and remind an old one of the joys of innocence.
And, of course, the religious nature of the season will teach all of us - again - that we should work year round for peace on Earth, good will toward men.
The holiday season is a psychological lifeline, a revitalizer of the spirit. As such, it truly is (as Andy Williams used to sing) the most wonderful time of the year.
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