A Special Message from the Publisher of the Sioux Falls Shopping News



• Last Christmas we were thinking about all the things we didn’t have; this year we are thinking about what we DO have. 

• Last year we were placing wreaths our doors; this year we are placing wreaths on the graves of our heroes and those lost to senseless violence. 

• Instead of counting our money; we’re counting our blessings. 

• We were lighting candles to decorate; now to commemorate. 

• Last Christmas we paid lip service to the real meaning of the holidays; this Christmas we are paying homage to it. 

• Last year we were trying not to let annoying relatives get the best of us; this year we’re giving the best of ourselves to them. 

• Last year we thought it was enough to celebrate the holidays; this year we know we must also find ways to consecrate them. 

• Last Christmas we thought a man who could rush down a football field was a hero; this Christmas we know a man who rushes into a burning building is the real one. 

• Last Christmas we were giving thanks for gifts from stores; this Christmas we are giving thanks for gifts from God. 

• Last Christmas we wondered how to give our children all the things that money can buy; this Christmas we are wondering how to give them all the things money can’t (peace, security). 

• Last Christmas we were thinking about all the pressure we were under at the office; this Christmas we are thinking about all the people who no longer have an office to go to. 

• Last Christmas we were singing carols; this Christmas we are singing anthems. 

• Last Christmas we were thinking how good it would feel to be affluent; this year we are thinking how good it feels to be alive. 

• Last Christmas we were contemplating all the changes we wanted to make in the new year; this Christmas we are con-templating all the changes we will have to make in this new reality. 

• Last Christmas we believed in the power of the pocketbook; this Christmas we believe in the power of prayer. 

• Last Christmas we were sharing—spreading—listening to gossip; this Christmas we are sharing—spreading—listening to the Gospel. 

• Last Christmas the people we idolized wore sports uniforms; this Christmas the people we idolize wear police, firefighter and military uniforms. 

• Last Christmas peace on earth was something we prayed for on Sunday morning; now it’s something we pray for every day. 

K.A. Lesnar,
Sioux Falls Shopping News

K.A. Lesnar

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