The housing market is collapsing, and people are losing their homes in record numbers. The country is still mired in a war it arguably should never have gotten involved in. The potentially devastating effects of global warming are more visible now than ever. And the U.S. economy is teetering on the brink of a recession. Merry Christmas.
The housing market is collapsing, and people are losing their homes in record numbers. The country is still mired in a war it arguably should never have gotten involved in. The potentially devastating effects of global warming are more visible now than ever. And the U.S. economy is teetering on the brink of a recession. Merry Christmas. With all the attention paid to the distressing turns of events recently, it would seem there is little to celebrate this holiday season. Might as well tear down the Christmas lights and store away the stockings till next year. But it never fails: Just when things seem their bleakest, stories come along that remind us what is important in life and why we should celebrate every precious moment we have in this world. Take Frederick Dominguez, a California man who took his three children into the mountains to find that perfect Christmas tree. While searching, the family got lost in the maze of pine trees just over a mile away from their car. A snowstorm soon moved in and the family was stranded in the mountains for three days. Just as rescue efforts were about to be halted and their family started to lose hope, a helicopter on its last run spotted Dominguez and rescued them all just before a stronger snowstorm likely would have buried them. "They were just happy to get out of there and get home," said flight officer David White. "It’s probably the best Christmas ever." The best Christmas ever. Then there’s the story of Steve Flaig, a Michigan man who always knew he was adopted and always wondered who his biological mother is. He contacted the adoption agency that handled his case, finding out he knew his mother all along. The two unknowingly worked beside each other at Lowe’s home improvement store every day. Flaig found his mother and met two siblings he didn’t know he had. "I have a complete family now, all my kids," said mother Christine Tallady. "It’s probably the best Christmas ever." The best Christmas ever. Michelle Lotz of Tiverton tells the story of the worst phone call she ever got. Her sister called to say their mother was sweating and experiencing shortness of breath; she was having a heart attack. Lotz called 9-1-1 and was "blessed" with the most helpful, professional emergency response staff she could have hoped for. Her mother was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital, where the cardiac catheterization team opened her coronary artery, saving her life and preventing significant damage. Lotz gets to spend another holiday season with her mother. Then there was the letter from Michele Costa to her two sons. Costa has been battling cancer and heart issues for some time, which has forced her young sons to grow up too fast watching their mother struggle with her health. She fears her boys have lost the Christmas spirit and wanted to remind them what is most important: "We still have each other and that will never change. Just don’t lose that Christmas spirit in your heart. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday ... full of hope and love, and that one time of year when people are actually nice to one another, even to complete strangers. I want you to keep that joy in your heart." May you all have the best Christmas ever! The Herald News