“This is my Holiday Greeting Card so pay attention!” … he wrote, amused by the overt slap he had just given everyone.
The holiday season, like every day in your life, is what you make of it. You have the choice to make it special or a time to be unhappy. I choose the former.
The best messages of the Holiday Season may help more than ever this year, so here are some of my favorites:
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Charles Dickens.
“As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.” Eric Sevareid.
“Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; teach us to be patient and always be kind.” Helen Steiner Rice.
“He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.” Charlotte Carpenter.
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!” Hamilton Wright Mabie.
“Christmas is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both.” Phillips Brooks.
“Christmas is not a time or 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.” Calvin Coolidge.
“Christmas is not as much about opening presents as opening our hearts.” Janice Maeditere.
“Do give books- religious or otherwise- for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.” Lenore Hershey.
“For the spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind.” Loring A. Schuler.
This one is perhaps the most needed now.
“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.”
Is the glass half empty of half full? Either way there is only half of a glass, so top it up to the brim with cheer and read on. Yes, it is o.k. to augment your positivity with some artificial peace, love, joy and goodwill.
My “half full” view looks like this:
Recent world events have brought to the surface the best traits of mankind.
In the darkest places on Earth where the most inhuman acts occur; there are acts of selflessness and compassion that continue to shine through the bleakness. The media pays little attention to these stories as it appears to be in violation of their directive to sell fear and despair all year round.
In response to this…
I have locked out the cable box so that only the fireplace channel, Christmas movies and Christmas music stations can be played.
My “half empty” view looks like this:
Recent world events have also brought to the surface the worst traits of mankind.
There is sadness, hate, calls for retribution, racism, fear, paranoia, isolationist thinking and divided opinion in most countries of the world. It has wormed its way into my circle of friends and even my family, so I may choose to spend my time elsewhere this year.
In social media, I have fought many losing battles in an effort to bring balance and rationality to hotly debated issues. Apparently rationality is not in high demand these days- lesson learned. It has left me drained emotionally and thoroughly disappointed in my fellow man. I have un-friended and un-followed a number of people whose posts and conversation I truly enjoyed… until they went over to the dark side.
As of December 15th I will suspend all social media activity until sometime in the New Year. I will strike out in an attempt to find people that are doing for others; whose hearts are full of joy.
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“Happy holidays to all, and to all a good night.
P. S. Have a fabulous New Year as well.