Remembering what Christmas is all about

by State Sen. Sean Nienow

Minnesota in December is quite a sight to behold, especially when you have children. The daily routine of work, commutes and the demands of life cause us to, sometimes, overlook the beauty, the stillness and the magic of the season. Children often provide us a fresh experience of the season as we look at it through their eyes.

Sean Nienow

Sean Nienow

I might be tempted to miss the sparkle of Christmas lights on the freshly fallen snow, but my six year old reminds me to look, and by doing so, I see anew, not just a wonderful sight, but I also feel the joy of experiencing it with my son. This is a scene that is played out over and over again by parents and children, year after year. What a simple joy for which we can be thankful!

Last week, while in Saint Paul for various advisory committee meetings, I was approached by a homeless man asking for money.  In the hustle of a demanding life I was tempted to give him the money and keep walking on. Instead, I invited him to come with me to a nearby store, where I bought his lunch and visited with him. I bet I don’t have to tell you who was more blessed by the experience.

My family and I, along with many wonderful people, have been preparing for the performance of the play, “A Christmas Carol.” It has certainly been a reminder to all of us what this season is about. Many people find the holidays to be difficult. The loss of loved ones, jobs, or the reminder of past, painful memories can make this a difficult time of year for some. Kindness is a gift we can all give. It often seems to be a gift that gives so much more in return.

My family and I wish all of you, the good people who live and work in District 32, a very Merry Christmas.  I also wish to thank this fine newspaper for continuing to allow me this guest column to connect with Chisago and Isanti residents. Not all newspapers are so generous. It is a kindness I appreciate and I hope the readers do too.

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