“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” – Theodor Seuss Geisel, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Merry Christmas Friends! Tomorrow is Christmas. It’s been quite a year and yet, here we are, at the end of 2021 and we get to pause to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
There’s something so…almost surreal to me about the Christmas season. It’s like, in the middle of chaos, viruses, wars, storms, hurt and pain, inflation, political division and more, almost everyone in the US still stops for this one day.
It’s a miracle and a direct blessing of living in a country such as ours. We can tune out of this craziness because it doesn’t necessarily define us as it might in a country with no liberty. Does it mean we aren’t affected? No, certainly not, and some more directly than others (I think of those affected by the tornados in Kentucky this holiday season and what they must be going through); but, we live in a country where most of our problems are not starvation, genocide or mass incarceration against our will.
So, we get the luxury of turning our eyes away from the darkness and look at something more beautiful.
Christmas and the birth of Jesus.
“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” – Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home
It’s remarkable really, remarkable and beautiful. In a time when division seems rampant, Americans are, for the most part, unified around Christmas. As we should be.
Did you know that Americans, on average, spend about $1,000 on gifts. Also, on average, Americans travel 275 miles for Christmas. The U.S. is on track to have 2.5 billion packages shipped this Christmas alone.
Yup and that’s with COVID.
Clearly, Americans are still invested in the celebration of the special holiday.
Think of all Christmas represents? It is the celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ to save mankind.
Consider stories like “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol” and the hope, love and affection they express.
So, today friends, I’m just going to leave you with some quotes to inspire. Enjoy today. Cherish life, family, friends, and this great country. Cherish the liberty to work for the money with which you bought the presents you now give. Cherish the loved ones you now give your gifts to and cherish the gift of life given to you.
“No man is a failure who has friends.”It’s a Wonderful Life
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”Calvin Coolidge
“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.”Bing Crosby
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.”Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.”Eric Sevareid
“The world has grown weary through the years, but at Christmas, it is young.”Phillips Brooks
Indeed it has grown old friends, indeed it has. But for Christmas, be young.
The Liberty Belle