Message from Mayor Berube

Mayor Berube

Before I begin this month’s message, I want to thank all those who contributed to making North Ogden the most patriotic city in Utah. Many visitors came to North Ogden to see the flag hanging in Coldwater Canyon.

Have you ever taken the time to ponder the lyrics of some of the most famous Christmas Carols? I recently took the opportunity to do just that. The words in one of the carols advises us to “let our heart be light, from now on, our troubles will be out of sight.” The next verse suggests that we should “make Yule-tide gay, from now on, our troubles will be miles away.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this holiday season we could distance ourselves from the challenges we may have faced in 2021? If we could do this, we could improve the chances of HAVING OURSELVES A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS.

Another carol tells us, “It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, He loves you just the same. Santa knows we’re all God’s children, and that makes everything right. So, fill your hearts with Christmas cheer, and SANTA CLAUS WILL COME TONIGHT.” Santa Claus represents the spirit of Christmas, which includes the attributes of joy, charity, generosity, kindness, and forgiveness.

I understand that our community is comprised of diverse individuals, and some don’t celebrate Christmas. Some may celebrate Hanukkah; others may celebrate Ramadan during a different time of the year, while others do not celebrate at all. It would be hard to deny that the above-mentioned attributes aren’t attached to celebrations like Christmas, Ramadan, and other festivities. No matter what religion, if any you claim, the advice given in the above-mentioned carols has meaning. Having a light heart and knowing that every individual is equal and loved, no matter their status, allows Santa Claus to come tonight!

In the not too distant future, we will be celebrating the new year. Ringing in the new year symbolizes leaving things behind us and ushering in a new beginning. Doing this can help our troubles be out of sight and can help make everything right. I know, it is easier said than done, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

I would be amiss if I didn’t reference one last song, as this may remind us to be careful during the upcoming month. “She’d been drinkin’ too much eggnog, and we begged her not to go, but she’d left her medication, so she stumbled out the door. When they found her Christmas mornin’ there were footprints on her forehead! Yes, Grandma got run over by a reindeer walkin’ home on Christmas eve.”

I hope we avoid drinking too much eggnog; just as important is the effort we make to incorporate joy, charity, generosity, kindness, and forgiveness in our everyday lives.

It is my hope you have a safe and meaningful holiday season and a happy and prosperous new year. Oh, and feel free to sing your little heart out!

Mayor Berube

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