Merry Christmas: Today... and Every Day!

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"Christmas is not just a day, an event to be speedily forgotten. It is a spirit that should permeate every part of our lives."
-William Parks

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.

With love,

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Good morning Nina Hollander ,
Keeping that spirit year 'round is always the goal, isn't it?  I hope you have a wonderful day with loved ones, Nina. 

Dec 25, 2018 07:17 AM #16
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Thank you Scott Godzyk ,
Wishing you a wonderful day with your loved ones!

Dec 25, 2018 07:18 AM #17
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Carol Williams
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Merry Christmas, Brian England
So glad your Dad is back with you this Christmas.  Time is precious.  I hope you have a wonderful day with family.  Looking forward to seeing you next month!

Dec 25, 2018 07:20 AM #18
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Hi Sheila Anderson ,
The holidays are a difficult time for a lot of people.  I hope you have a blessed day with those you love! 

Dec 25, 2018 07:21 AM #19
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Good morning Grant Schneider 
I hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones!

Dec 25, 2018 07:22 AM #20
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Good Morning, Carol! I couldn't agree more - it's so true that we need to have that same giving, caring, loving spirit year-round. If we all did, the world would be a better place.

Merry Christmas to you, Carol!

Dec 25, 2018 08:31 AM #21
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Will Hamm
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Merry Christmas Carol.  I have to agree with your blog.  We should have a special spirit everyday of the year.

 

Dec 25, 2018 08:45 AM #22
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Carol,

We agree with your post and the spirit of Christmas!  it would be lovely if we all lived that way.  Wishing you a wonderful celebration and a superb 2019.  A

Dec 25, 2018 08:50 AM #23
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Best wishes, Carol, to you and your family for a Very Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2018 09:45 AM #24
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Dear Carol,

I wish you and yours a merry Christmas and a happy new year! 

Dec 25, 2018 12:16 PM #25
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS 
I trust you're enjoying an amazing day with your family.  The world definitely be an infinitely better place if everyone could carry the spirit throughout the year. 

Dec 25, 2018 03:13 PM #26
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Merry Christmas today and every day, Will Hamm

Dec 25, 2018 03:13 PM #27
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Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel ,
I hope you're having an amazing day!  On to 2019!

Dec 25, 2018 03:14 PM #28
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Carol Williams
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Thank you Roy Kelley. And, to you and yours as well!

Dec 25, 2018 03:15 PM #29
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Thank you Inna Ivchenko ,
I hope you're enjoying a special day with your loved ones.

Dec 25, 2018 03:15 PM #30
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Hello and Merry Christmas, Carol - this is a memorable quote and one that definitely belongs in the "should" category.  As in "should"  follow each day.

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We had a wonderful celebration in Columbia and are home now, Carol! It seems so quiet now that all of the festivities are over. We celebrated lots of wonderful memories of family that we have lost this year and in years past and, of course, created some new ones today. We all have so very much for which to be thankful!

Dec 25, 2018 04:13 PM #32
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Thank you Carol Williams Merry Christmas to you and yours everyday!

Dec 25, 2018 08:38 PM #33
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Morning the day after Christmas Carol.

Yesterday, after getting up, Santa was a very busy guy the night before.  I know I'm still dragging, but I can't stop now.  

 

Dec 26, 2018 01:24 AM #34
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Good morning Carol.  I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.

 

Dec 26, 2018 05:44 AM #35
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