A good tidings zone

The holiday season, no matter your religious views, is about sharing in the warmth of family and friends. Just imagine what it would be like to be friendly to everyone you encounter on social media for one week. No sniping, no name calling. Just good vibes and well wishes. And then try it for another week. And another. And another.

-- Jim Baumann, Managing Editor

First and foremost

Holiday wishes go out to our many first responders in every county and community, big and small. While we hope to never need you, we are comforted knowing you will always be there if we ever do, 24/7/365. God bless you, every one.

-- Don Friske, Associate Sports Editor

Never need to look far for a bright light

It's quite clear that despite some stories you read, there are an overwhelming number of good people walking among us. From police officers like Jason Lentz (Elgin) and John Scheffler (West Dundee) saving lives, to the many "people to be thankful for" profiles we've published the last month, I have faith that the next good deed is right around the corner.

-- Mike Smith, Fox Valley Editor

Enjoy the moment

A break in the routine affords the chance to be surrounded by those you cherish on a long weekend, as the days finally start to grow longer once again. Here's hoping you have a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends -- and make sure to enjoy the presence.

-- Aaron Gabriel, High School Sports Editor

Looking for good news

We've dealt with a lot of breaking news this year. How about we see some breaking good news. The state and federal government accomplishing something everyone's happy about. Different peoples making peace. Americans stopping and listening to each other and truly debating, and not attacking. Is it just a dream? It's the season to dream.

-- Neil Holdway, Assistant Managing Editor/Copy Desk

Gifts from the heart

As you run around wrapping up tasks on your holiday to-do list, take time to remember those who are less fortunate. Donate to a charity whose work touches your heart, bring something special to your local food pantry, visit someone who is ailing or alone. You'll make their day -- and reconnect with the true meaning of the holidays.

-- Lisa Friedman Miner, Metro Editor

You are a gift to me

I would like to thank all of you who contribute the story ideas, tips, opinions, interviews, press releases and other items that let us tell the story of life in the suburbs, giving me a job that I love and that's meaningful. Enjoy the holidays and continue to read.

-- James Kane, Deputy City Editor

A wish for the new year

As much as this year has not been a good one for many, I hope you will find, as I have, the love, support, laughter and peaceful times from family, friends and even those you don't know.

-- Pam Baert, News editor/Neighbor

A wonderful gift

Thank you for inviting us into your homes and businesses, not just during the holidays, but every day of the year. Your support is a wonderful gift and one we will never take for granted.

-- Bob Smith, DuPage Editor

Make the season last

Whatever our faith, let's bask this holiday season in a genuine spirit of peace, love and fellowship and resolve to share it not just at this time but throughout the entire year.

-- Jim Slusher, Deputy Managing Editor/Opinion