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I used to wonder why people got the blues around Christmas. I felt that no matter what tragedies befell a person, Christmas was the time of year when one could sweep Life away for a while. One could find something – at least one thing – about which to rejoice, in spite of it all.

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Now I understand that even Christmas can’t heal all wounds. Angels don’t swoop down from heaven to make things right and miraculously restore the Christmas spirit. That only happens in Hallmark movies.

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But sometimes people step in, hold your hand, and remind you that though the world around you may crumble, there is still a reason to rejoice. Joy – on a miniscule level – seems possible. Real, even.

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That is what Norm did for me the day he coaxed me to Jonesboro, Louisiana to witness the Christmas Wonderland in the Piney Woods.

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The lights of pretty little Jonesboro were inviting, comforting. Like the hand that held mine.

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Merry Christmas, friends. In spite of it all.

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