"Christmas is not just a day, an event to be speedily forgotten. It is a spirit that should permeate every part of our lives."
First of all, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope you are spending the day with family or friends who you consider family. If you are alone, that's ok too!
Christmas is kind of a weird holiday for me. My Dad was taken to the hospital on Christmas Day 1963 and never came home. My Mother had died 5 years prior. Due to my early experience with loss, I became acutely aware of how precious EVERY day of life is. I don't wait for Christmas to show my love and appreciation for the special people in my life.
On December 5, 2015 I wrote a blog post which summarizes my thoughts on Christmas. I'd like to reshare it with you here.
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I choose to live Christmas as a lifestyle. Corny as it may seem, I've long said: "It's Christmas every day at my house". That doesn't mean I have a tree up or give or receive presents every day. I do sincerely try to live the spirit of Christmas 365 days of the year, though.
The number of times "love" appears in the Bible depends on the version you refer to. It varies from 310 times in the King James Version to 551 in the New International Version. That averages over 365, so I figure Christ wants us to spread the spirit of love and his birth all the time... every day.
In that spirit, I'd like to share a few of my favorite thoughts during this most special time of the year:
* The joy of Christmas is not in the presents but in His presence.
* Christmas is all about Love. Love in action is Christmas, regardless of the date on the calendar.
* Christmas is not about opening presents but about opening our hearts.
May the spirit of the true meaning of Christmas remain with you all year long.