Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Merry SITSmas!!

There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas.

Are you willing...

  • to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you;

  • to ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world;

  • to put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance, and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground;

  • to see that men and women are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy;

  • to own up to the fact that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life;

  • to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness.

Are you willing to do these things even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing...

  • to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children;

  • to remember the weakness and loneliness of people growing old;

  • to stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough;

  • to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts;

  • to try to understand what those who live in the same home with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you;

  • to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you;

  • to make a grave for your ugly thoughts, and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open—

Are you willing to do these things, even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing...

  • to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world—

  • stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death—

  • and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love??

Then you can keep Christmas.

And if you can keep it for a day, why not always?

But you can never keep it alone.


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Kristina P. said...

Merry Christmas to you too!

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Rachael said...

merry SITSmas!!

Annie said...

Merry SITSmas to you!


Julie said...

That was awfully sweet. Merry SITSmas!

♥georgie♥ said...

goodness that was a beautiful post! Merry SITSmas to you

Kristy said...

Merry SITSmas and Happy Holidays!!!

jewelstreet said...

Merry SITSmas! Thanks for the compliments!

Midwest Mommy said...

Merry Sitsmas! Very cute layout.

Lorina said...

Merry Sitsmas.. I am a bit slow today.. but better late than never right?


Shannon said...

Great post! Definitely gives you something to think about!

Merry SITSmas!

gingela5 said...

Merry SITSmas! Great reminder of what Christmas should be about! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Valerie said...

Great post! Love your blog its beautiful. I am gonna have to come back and tell you about seeing Rick Springfield last year for my birthday. Merry SITSmas!

Anniki :) said...

- to make a grave for your ugly thoughts, and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open.

I like this one, soooo true. Thank you for reminding those things. I've always said Christmas shouldn't be a time for big and expensive gifts, but a time for looking inside and outside, to the past and future.

Merry SITSmas!

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

This is a wonderful post, full of such moving poignancy!

Merry SITSmas!!!!


tara @ kidz said...

I loved your thoughts - thank you.

VERY cute pic of your little girl!

A merry Christmas to you!!!

NJDecorator said...

Thanks for visiting and I'm glad you found me. Your post is very thoughtful and your site is just beautiful.

Kristen said...

What a great post..thanks
Merry SITSmas

Tiffany said...

Great post! Thanks for participating in SITSmas!

Christa said...

Wonderful sentiments in your SITS Christmas post.

Thanks for stopping by GiggleOn.com to wish me well.

Did you happen to drop off any cookies for me? Cause....I didn't see any.


Merry Christa-mas, Ooops SITSmas

Brittany said...

I love your layout! Your quote is so cute. I can totally relate.

Carrie said...

Merry SITSmas a little late! I'm still working my way through the links!

That was just plain beautiful!!!


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