Your Dec. 20, 2017, front page news story about California families and firemen not able to be in their homes for Christmas because of the Thomas fire in Ventura, brings reality to the poignant Christmas story of "no room in the inn" for Mary and Joseph. Who would understand their plight more thoroughly? Both stories have a sense of urgency along with a sense of failure to obtain needed shelter.

I believe someone will make room for these families and they together will experience the true meaning of Christmas. They will celebrate and they will be joyous...with or without material gifts.

Jeanette DeWitz

Bakersfield