By Dotti Miller
Former Lifestyle editor
The Christmas story which is told and retold through the years never grows old.
It is the world's "greatest love story"-the story of the humble birth of Jesus of Nazareth in a stable in a little town called Bethlehem nearly 2000 years ago.
With this very special child, came a new concept of life--life based upon love in its finest sense.
This babe has changed the lives of millions of people on our earth. He has truly brought the art of love and giving into our hearts and lives.
Reflect back into His meager manger and you will understand how this special story came about.
Among the visitors were the magi (three kings) who were extremely wealthy and brought the most precious gifts they knew, gold, frankincense and myrrh, to give to the infant Jesus in the manger.
Another visitor was a young drummer who expressed love the only way he knew, by sharing his talent. Having no money or material items to share, he played a song on his drums for the infant Jesus.
This young boy's gift is certainly priceless because it came from his heart. We can relate this to our everyday lives, not just during the Christmas season.
Since that first Christmas, a new spirit has inspired men's better self. The spirit is a precious treasure of the season. It is "good will, kindness, charity and love " which put a song in man's heart and a smile on his face.
Christmas seems to be the one time of the year when petty differences are forgotten, as are other's past transgressions. It is the time to be more charitable, more thoughtful of others, more considerate of others.
Christmas is the unique opportunity to share the best of ourselves with others, whether it's motivated by a religious appreciation of the season or not.
We must learn that the most precious gifts are the warm and thoughtful gifts that come from the heart, not the impersonal or even cold ones we feel compelled to buy for someone.
Throughout the year, not just at Christmas, take time to share special gifts of love such as visiting the sick and/or the lonely. Doors at area nursing homes are always open to those who have a few minutes to spend with the lonely. This means so much more than just singing Christmas carols to them once a year.
Also, take time to listen to someone, really listen, especially to a friend who might be lonely or hurting.
When contemplating a special, meaningful resolution for 2012, remember the little drummer boy and keep the love of Christ not only at Christmas time, but in every day of your life!