ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)--For Christians, the spirit of Christmas is about giving to others. In the St. Louis area, it's a spirit also embraced by all faiths.
In Christianity, the golden rule comes from Matthew “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In Islam, it comes from the Koran “None of you is a believer unless he desires for his brother what he desires for himself.” In Judaism, from the Talmud “Whatever is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man.”
That good includes kids making blankets for the St. Louis Crisis Nursery, delivering hot meals to seniors and the needy, thousands of cookies to fire departments and police stations, and making designer dog collars for a charity supplying pets to people with aids.
It's also a good way to remember that if religious hatred starts young in many parts of the world, religious understanding in St. Louis starts the same way.