December 24

Today's quotation:

Christmas--that magic blanket that wraps itself
about us, that something so intangible that it is like
a fragrance.  It may weave a spell of nostalgia.
Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but
always it will be a day of remembrance--a day in
which we think of everything we have ever loved.

Augusta E. Rundel

Today's Meditation:

"That magic blanket that wraps itself about us"--this is a beautiful metaphor for one of the most special seasons any of us ever will experience.  The fact is that Christmas does, indeed, remind us of those things we love and have loved, those parts of our lives that are and that have been special to us.  If we can but open our hearts to the spirit of this season, then we can add to our lives a beautiful feeling of peace, love, and hope.  If we cannot open our hearts to the season, though, we doom ourselves to going through the motions with little real feeling, little true appreciation.

Christmas is about feeling.  This season, more than any other, encourages us to think about others and to do for others, to share our bounty and to receive of the bounty of others.  And when we do this, then Christmas can wrap itself around us with it comfort and the memories that it brings us of Christmases gone by, and the giving and sharing that we've witnessed on those days.

Not everyone has the same positive memories, but if we find ourselves struggling to find the joy in Christmas, we ought to keep in mind that bad feelings at Christmas do not come from the season itself, but from other people.  Not everyone appreciates the beauty of the holiday, and the fact is that not everyone celebrates the day.  But no matter how other people act, it still is possible for us to think of everything we have ever loved and keep ourselves wrapped in the magical blanket that keeps us feeling more peace, more love, and more acceptance in this world that so often keeps us focused on so many other things.
  
  

Questions to consider:

Do you allow Christmas to wrap you in itself?

What are your most special memories of Christmas?

Why do so many people focus on the material aspects of the Christmas season as opposed to the spiritual and family aspects?

For further thought:

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling:  how could it be so?
It came without ribbons!  It came without tags!
It came without packages, boxes or bags!
And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store?
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!

Dr. Seuss
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

  
  

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