“He who is not thankful for little, will not be thankful for a lot.” – Chinese Proverb
I am thankful for holidays and especially for Christmas. I am thankful Christmas symbolizes the birth of Christ, although according to Jewish calendars I think he was actually born around passover. Still the music is beautiful, the images are wonderful and the peaceful, quiet that comes in winter with the cold weather adds to a sense of peace.
I love everything about Christmas. The trees and beautiful decorations, the sparkling lights, the candles, the dishes, the spirit that comes to inhabit the homes of those that welcome Christmas. I’m not talking about the commercialism and greedy parts that Christmas has grown into, I’m speaking of the true love and caring spirit of Christmas.
What I really wish is that this spirit of Christmas would stay with us. Not the rush, the hurried and frantic parts, but the quiet peace that is Christmas that settles after everything is done, all the presents are unwrapped, everyone is fed and happy, and content. The quiet hush that comes after a day of excitement, sharing, celebrating and being with people that we love.
I used to love to watch my kids sleeping among their new stuffed animals at the end of the day, smiling and cuddling a new toy. We are blessed, truly blessed.
Today and every day we can capture a little of the spirit that is Christmas. It doesn’t have to be a holiday to show someone you care. It doesn’t have to be Christmas to contact loved one’s you don’t talk to that often. Kindness doesn’t have a season, thankfulness doesn’t have a limit.
In everything give thanks. Thank you, God for giving us another day, let us use it wisely.
Cherry Coley (c)
- Christmas – a Season to Be Thankful……. (jeremylum88.wordpress.com)
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“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all” (William Faulkner).
I am having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year. I find myself missing my mom more than usual. For me, my mom was Christmas. She put her love into everything she did and made the holidays special for all of us. I do love the Christmas season – the decorations, the music, and the story of Jesus. I am hoping that the candle light Christmas Eve service will bring the love of Christmas and what it symbolizes into my heart. It is always a beautiful service. Thank you for reminding me of the true meaning of Christmas and all the things I have to be thankful for.
Me too, Kathy. It’s almost too much to bear at times. Yet I know she and dad would want us to go on. Christmas isn’t about the “stuff” or the rush and chaos, it’s about the love, and love never dies. Love lives on. Thank you for reminding me of that.