WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) — Although Christmas is considered a time of happiness and celebration, some people may ask the question, “Is the Christmas spirit still alive and well in the 21st century?”

Reports of crime, poverty and war raise a doubt in the minds of some.

However, Bishop Mark Brennan of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston says the true message of Christmas has always intended to be one of hope going all the way back to the very first Christmas.

He says if you look closely, there are many reasons to be hopeful.