EDITOR'S DESK: ‘Blessed are the Children’ who attended parade

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 13:13 PM.

Those kettles wouldn’t be there if not for Christmas.

Indeed, Salvation Army Capt. Joseph McFee wanted 1,000 of San Francisco’s poorest residents to have a free Christmas dinner in 1891 — and he made it happen with a large iron pot, according to the nonprofit’s website.

It doesn’t matter if you’re Christian and celebrate Christ’s birth or a non-believer who enjoys the secular symbols and gift-giving traditions, Santa, and everything he represents, has an overarching, positive purpose.

When we give thanks, look outside ourselves and help others, world peace and social justice prevail.

But when we damn others and denigrate the very holiday that — secular or not — consistently drives charitable efforts and togetherness, we have a problem.

Now, the Main Street Crestview Association must find the solution.

Undoubtedly, the association worked hard and gave heart to pull off a family friendly event.



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