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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

One of the e-mails I got yesterday said that Christmas is magic to a child because it is new and Christmas in magic to an adult because it is old.

Both of these are true but the underlying truth is that Christmas is magic because it is Christmas. Somehow, during the four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a vast majority of the population acts in the manner they should act for the remainder of the year. Charities collect money, toys, food, clothing and other necessities for those in need. People express glad tidings to one another. People get gifts for other people, some because they think they have to but most because they want to.

E$xperience and enjoy the love that is Christmas

  


City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I guess I am getting old. I keep thinking of how things used to be! I went shopping with my children last night. We went to the mall. Everybody goes to the mall now. Actually it appeared that substantially less than everybody went to the mall last night. The crowd was sparse for four days before Christmas. Maybe, just maybe, people are approaching Christmas more intelligently this year. Maybe people are not giving in to the hype and buying everything in sight just because it is there.

I remember my childhood, before the days of shopping malls. People actually went downtown and shopped. The malls are not crowded and the sidewalks in the downtown areas are not busy sidewalks. The good news is that maybe there won't be so much unnecessary debt resulting from this Christmas. The bad news is that the lack of shoppers sort of takes away some of the ephemeral Christmas Spirit.

We need a forced injection of Christmas Spirit. Go to the mall and don't shop. Just watch the people. Go down near Santa's chair and watch the children as they visit Santa. The children are innocent. Christmas is not about Santa and presents but watching a child visit Santa is an picture of pure love.

  


City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I guess I am getting old. I keep thinking of how things used to be! I went shopping with my children last night. We went to the mall. Everybody goes to the mall now. Actually it appeared that substantially less than everybody went to the mall last night. The crowd was sparse for four days before Christmas. Maybe, just maybe, people are approaching Christmas more intelligently this year. Maybe people are not giving in to the hype and buying everything in sight just because it is there.

I remember my childhood, before the days of shopping malls. People actually went downtown and shopped. The malls are not crowded and the sidewalks in the downtown areas are not busy sidewalks. The good news is that maybe there won't be so much unnecessary debt resulting from this Christmas. The bad news is that the lack of shoppers sort of takes away some of the ephemeral Christmas Spirit.

We need a forced injection of Christmas Spirit. Go to the mall and don't shop. Just watch the people. Go down near Santa's chair and watch the children as they visit Santa. The children are innocent. Christmas is not about Santa and presents but watching a child visit Santa is an picture of pure love.

  


Things To Do

Monday, December 21, 2009

The calendar is moving rapidly toward December 25 and people are going crazy trying to get everything done in time for Christmas. I watch them and ask myself "Why?" Beginning about December 10, people start asking "Are you ready for Christmas?" Does it matter? If I am not ready, will Christmas wait until I get ready? NO!~

Take a moment and take stock. Look at all the stuff you have to do in the next few days. Look at each thing you have to do. Ask yourself "What happens if this doesn't get done?" "Can this be done next week just as well?" If your answers indicate that not accomplishing this task will not totally ruin someone's Christmas, put it at the bottom of your list and do the important stuff. That way, when the last page falls off the calendar and Christmas is here, you will have done the stuff that had to be done and that you wanted to do and you have not exhausted yourself on things that didn't really matter that much.

Give yourself the gift of time this Christmas.

Merry Christmas

  
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MJHWMSTN 12/21/2009 10:03AM

  Thanks, but I don't have this problem. I see Christmas totally different. The true meaning of the day is not how much materiality governs each day getting to THE day, but how much love, concern for others and hospitality you have to give. Everyone seems to believe that the day is all about material gifts. I view it as a day of thanks and zeroing in on the birthday we are celebrating in the first place. I decorate minimally and give gifts to my friends and family throughout the year. I visit with those I can and if not on this particular day, then as often or as soon as is best for all.
I don't adhere to all the hype created by the merchants whose only concern is how much they will profit from your crazed spending.

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MJHWMSTN 12/21/2009 10:03AM

  Thanks, but I don't have this problem. I see Christmas totally different. The true meaning of the day is not how much materiality governs each day getting to THE day, but how much love, concern for others and hospitality you have to give. Everyone seems to believe that the day is all about material gifts. I view it as a day of thanks and zeroing in on the birthday we are celebrating in the first place. I decorate minimally and give gifts to my friends and family throughout the year. I visit with those I can and if not on this particular day, then as often or as soon as is best for all.
I don't adhere to all the hype created by the merchants whose only concern is how much they will profit from your crazed spending.

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ANDIEBM71 12/21/2009 9:54AM

    I agree completely! Happy Holidays!

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VEUVEGIRL 12/21/2009 9:53AM

    Very nice :)

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Carpe Diem!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

- John Burroughs, essayist and naturalist

  
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MNABOY 12/21/2009 12:50AM

    Good time to reflect.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 12/20/2009 11:14AM

  thank you for sharing, I love this quote

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