To the editor:
I've been reflecting on how many of our blessings we take for granted. Growing up, my wonderful grandparents annually took us to visit Merlin Fort's spectacular Christmas display in Dakota City, and often visited other special displays such as the live Nativity in Algona and the Grotto in West Bend. These are traditions I looked forward to passing onto my children.
However, circumstances drew us away to Chicago for five years, so my children were very small that they can't recall the last time we went to Mr. Fort's display. Knowing that Mr. Fort is advancing in years, I held my breath with great hope that I'd be able to take my children to see his lights. I'm very thankful that yet again, we will be able to enjoy this beautiful display, complete with symbols of the true meaning of Christmas - a Nativity scene symbolizing the arrival of our Savior.
I just want to take time to say thank you to Mr. Fort, all The Salvation Army bell ringers, and everyone else who helps to make Christmas a festive celebration to the enjoyment of many and the glory of God. It's a great relief from the materialistic side that grows each year.
Julie Havican Martz