Yes, I am a believer. Like a child, I exclaimed, “Santa! Santa’s here!” And in true form, the best Santa in the world came over to me and gave me a big hug. It was the nicest thing to happen to me in a very long time. Why? It exemplified everything I believe in about Christmas.
See, I believe we are meant to be kind to one another. We are to love one another—regardless of color, age, nationality. And not just at Christmas. We should be practicing kindness and love each and every day. Sadly, we have gotten so far away from it. We bustle around irritated with long lines in the stores, filled with fear to speak to a stranger, frantically looking for a bigger and better gift for Uncle Jack this year, impatiently honking our horns at slow drivers, grousing at the clerk who can’t scan your item because the UPC tag was ripped off the item you want.
And then, with the recent war on Christianity and the rising cost of electric bills we only see a handful of home displays. Years past many homes decorated outside with crèches, snowmen, angels, wise men, and more. And I applaud those hearty souls who still do so. For even the Bible says we will be tested. If we are not FOR Him, then we are against Him. If we are against Him, how can we still declare we are Christians?
You see, I was brought up with the Christmas story. I believe in Jesus. I believe he was a good man who taught life lessons for us all, to make our time on earth one of pleasantness, grace, and peace. And though the world is becoming more violent with each passing day and his life lessons are practiced by only a few, a return to the ideals and virtues He speaks of will bring peace and goodwill amongst us. If only we would practice them everyday of the year.
And that is where Santa comes in. Santa is an earthly manifestation of goodness and love. Rather than telling our children “There is no Santa Claus” we should be heralding his name and all he represents. Not so much on the gift-giving, but his personal attributes. Santa didn’t need to hug me. He was there for the little children. But in a moment of a hug, peace, love, and goodwill was transmitted.
Christmas may be one of gift-giving, but those gifts should come from the heart. How about biting your tongue when the driver ahead of you doesn’t put the pedal to the metal when the light turns green? How about telling that clerk “Take your time. I’m in no hurry.”? How about passing or bumping into a stranger and rather than “Excuse me” or “Look where you’re going” you laughed and said “Sorry. Have a Merry Christmas.”? How about speaking words of love and encouragement to that spouse you’ve been neglecting? How about not being too busy to listen to your child? To sit quietly with them in your arms letting love flow from you? How about making amends with that sister/brother/mother/father that you’ve estranged yourself from? Rather than being caught up in the commercial hustle and bustle, how about taking an hour out of your time to visit someone in a nursing home? Surprise them with a little gift. Yes, I know, you would be exposing yourself to a stranger. But that stranger may hold just what you need, what you’ve been seeking. That stranger may hold the peace, love and goodwill that you so desperately need.
It’s time we opened ourselves up and exposed our hearts and minds. We need to learn to love again. If we could learn to do it at Christmas time may be it wouldn’t be so frightening the rest of the year. And if we all practiced being kinder and more patient perhaps we’d live in a better world.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
PUTTING CHRIST BACK INTO CHRISTMAS
Before you click into another site, let me say this blog is not going to force religion down your throat. But it will bring life changing results to your life.
Some of you readers will remember the classic Yes Virginia, There is A Santa Claus which was printed in the New York Sun September 21, 1897.Others will not. But the true essence of Christmas is there in contained.
Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished..
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.”
~ Charlotte Carpenter.
To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.”
~ Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), American president. Presidential message (December 25, 1927
It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one’s fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit.”
~ Isabel Currier.
I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
~ Charles Dickens (1812-1870), English author. From ‘A Christmas Carol’.
The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.”
~ W. C. Jones
Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”
~ Oren Arnold
CJ, thank you for sharing with us today. Hope you, your family and everyone else has a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!