Christmas Day is tomorrow and for most of us, that means a day to spend with family and friends, a day to enjoy, eat, play and savour.
But the world does not shut down on Christmas Day, there are still jobs that need doing and people needed to do them.
Foremost in our minds are those who must maintain our emergency services during the holidays. Paramedics, firefighters, RCMP officers, nurses and doctors all forego time with their families to continue to serve the urgent-care needs of others, who may face a tragic or traumatic experience.
While these people deserve our thanks year-round, it is fitting for the rest of us to take a few minutes and acknowledge their work or, even better, to thank them with a kind word or deed when they are out in the community.
In addition to those who serve in an emergency capacity, it would also be appropriate to take a few minutes to think of the other people working, some of whom work for low wages, to keep convenience stores open, gas pumps running, tow trucks operating, restaurants serving holiday meals and caregivers looking after seniors.
If you happen to run into someone who is working on the holidays, be sure to give them an extra smile and a Merry Christmas.