December 25

Today's quotation:

Christmas is not just a day, an event to be
observed and speedily forgotten.  It is a spirit
which should permeate every part of our lives.

William Parks

Today's Meditation:

There most definitely is a spirit that permeates the Christmas holiday season.  And that spirit is the spirit that we give to it, the spirit that we bring to the day, and not whatever the day happens to bring to us.  Christmas, more than any other time of the year, acts as a mirror to us that shows us what we're giving to the world, and it does so not in a loud, clear way, but in subtle, small ways.

Christmas offers us a look into ourselves as we decide what gifts to give to others, as we ponder the love that's in our world, as we listen to the messages of hope and love and peace in the songs and the stories of the holiday.  During this time of year we decide what spirit we're going to bring to the day, and when the season passes we decide whether we're going to allow that spirit to stay with us for the rest of the year, or if we're going to leave that spirit behind us and focus more on self and less on others as the days go by.

When Valentine's Day or Labor Day come by, we take our day off or get our gifts and then forget about the day when the next morning comes around.  But Christmas transcends the day, for it's much more than just an observation of an event or an idea.  Even among all the materialism and greed and marketing that we see during the holiday, we also feel the specialness of the time, and we recognize that there's much more to today than just calling it a holiday.  The spirit of Christmas can be life-transforming if we allow it to "permeate every part of our lives," and not just look at it as another day off from work or another opportunity to get some gifts.

As today goes on, we decide what our focus shall be--on the gifts and the goings-on, or on the spirit.  And tomorrow morning we'll make the same decisions.  Allowing the spirit of Christmas to be a major part of who we are can certainly turn our lives into something very positive, and possibly even magical, as we focus on peace and love and the holiness of the holiday.

  

Questions to consider:

What does the spirit of Christmas mean to you?

How would it feel to allow Christmas to "permeate every part of our lives"?

Where can you most easily find the spirit of Christmas?

For further thought:

Christmas, children, is not a date.
It is a state of mind.

Mary Ellen Chase

  

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