From Denny: At this time of the year, in the early winter, there slowly descends and rests upon the land a sense of spiritual calm and Peace.
Be aware not to get too caught up in the shopping sales, rushing about to finish last minute gifts and holiday preparations to miss noticing the biggest Gift. Take the time to absorb this special energy sent from Heaven.
With all the commercialism that has attached itself to this holiday, it is easy to miss the obvious. This time of year is to remind us to Love and extend Goodwill toward all others experiencing the same Life journey. If only we would remind ourselves to extend Goodwill and Love all year long instead of just every December!
There are those who despise the holiday season, extending grumpy attitudes, fussing about everything and everyone, refusing to extend themselves. Many experience disappointment and feel socially isolated this time of year, even emotionally desperate because of focusing upon a negative outlook.
The way out of that spiritual hell hole is to emanate outward from the heart level. Christmas is not about the food, the gift giving or the church going. It's about the attitude that only you and I can make the choice to stir up in our hearts and freely give away to others.
So, the next time the holiday season rolls around, take some quiet time and stop to enjoy the spiritual energy quietly stirring and wrapping itself all around you. Enjoy it and then pass it forward: Love!
What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. - Agnes M. Pahro
It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. - W.T. Ellis
For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home. - W.J. Ronald Tucker
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! - Hamilton Wright Mabie
Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen. ~Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby
Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself...
- Norman Wesley Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas," 1976
Christmas is the day that holds all time together. - Alexander Smith
I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. - Harlan Miller
A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away.
- Eva Logue
Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. - Janice Maeditere
Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. - Anonymous
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
May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
The universal joy of Christmas is certainly wonderful. We ring the bells when princes are born, or toll a mournful dirge when great men pass away. Nations have their red-letter days, their carnivals and festivals, but once in the year and only once, the whole world stands still to celebrate the advent of a life. - Anonymous
May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
- Ada V. Hendricks
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