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"Keeping Christmas" - 2017

Discussion in 'Christmas Together' started by MerryCarey, Dec 24, 2016.



  1. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North MMC Lifer MMC Donor Kringle Radio DJ Louann Jeffries Award Christmas Card Exchanger Christmas Crew Santa's Elf

    I've posted this nearly every Christmas since I've been a member---it has a lot to say about the spirit of Christmas giving of oneself. It's a small gift from me to all of you.


    “Keeping Christmas”
    From The Spirit of Christmas (1905)
    By Henry Van Dyke


    It is a good thing to observe Christmas Day. The mere marking of times and seasons, when men agree to stop work and make merry together, is a wise and wholesome custom. It helps one to feel the supremacy of the common life over the individual life. It reminds a man to set his own little watch, now and then, by the great clock of humanity which runs on sun time.

    But there is a better thing than the observance of Christmas Day, and that is, keeping Christmas.

    Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you; to ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world; to put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance, and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground; to see that your fellow-men are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy; to own that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life; to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness—are you willing to do these things even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas.

    Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and the desires of little children; to remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to try to understand what those who live in the same house with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind; you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts, and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open—are you willing to do these things even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas.

    Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world—stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death—and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas.

    And if you keep it for a day, why not always?

    But you can never keep it alone.
     
  2. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North MMC Lifer MMC Donor Kringle Radio DJ Louann Jeffries Award Christmas Card Exchanger Christmas Crew Santa's Elf

    *bump* Merry Christmas, everyone!
     
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  3. Festive Spirit

    Festive Spirit Christmas Royalty MMC Lifer

    Merry Christmas MerryCarey. Thank you. What beautiful words to take with us as the season comes to an end.
     
  4. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North MMC Lifer MMC Donor Kringle Radio DJ Louann Jeffries Award Christmas Card Exchanger Christmas Crew Santa's Elf

    Thank you! I love this essay.
     
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  5. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North MMC Lifer MMC Donor Kringle Radio DJ Louann Jeffries Award Christmas Card Exchanger Christmas Crew Santa's Elf

    Bumping this for 2017—wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas.
     
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  6. angelpugs

    angelpugs Christmasologist MMC Lifer Christmas Card Exchanger Christmas Crew Christmas Talk Alum 2018 Ornament Exchanger

    Lovely,wishing you all A Very Merry Christmas. Merry-Christmas-To-You-1.gif
     
  7. Edge612

    Edge612 Christmas Royalty MMC Premiere Member

    Thank you for the special post Merry. Love that tradition of yours.
     
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  8. Festive Spirit

    Festive Spirit Christmas Royalty MMC Lifer

    Thank you so much Merry. I hope your season was a magical one.
    Here is to another year of keeping Christmas in our hearts together here at MMC.
     
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  9. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North MMC Lifer MMC Donor Kringle Radio DJ Louann Jeffries Award Christmas Card Exchanger Christmas Crew Santa's Elf

    Thank you! And Amen to that!
    There were so many special moments in this season ... it was a special Christmas.
     
  10. Festive Spirit

    Festive Spirit Christmas Royalty MMC Lifer

    So glad to hear it. It makes me happy to know you are ending the year with such a special Christmas. You deserve it!!
     
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