Maybe Christmas Means a Little Bit More

“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! Today is Christmas. I hope that you are all taking time to remove yourselves from the angst of politics and enjoying this special time of year. How special is it that almost all of us are celebrating today?

Did you know that 90% of Americans celebrate Christmas? That means that right now, today, you and I—along with 300,000,000 fellow Americans—are stopping to celebrate Christmas. What other day in America is so powerful? What other time in the year can you drive around to see that almost every store, every restaurant and every business is closed in observance of this one holiday?

“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 unified around Christmas. As we should be.

We have so much to be thankful for and celebrate in this country. So much.

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.

Needless to say, Americans celebrate Christmas.

And why shouldn’t we? 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 today, be young.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

The Liberty Belle

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