Gifts in His Name

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name,
let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars,
and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–
and all that lives and move upon them.
He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit
and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused–
and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins,
He came down to earth and gave us Himself.”
~ Sigrid Undset

Christmas is Forever

“Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.

Peace on Earth, good will to men,
kind thoughts and words of cheer,
are things we should use often
and not just once a year.

Remember too the Christ-child, grew up to be a man;
to hide him in a cradle, is not our dear Lord’s plan.
So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near,
from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year!.”

~ Norman Wesley Brooks

Freely Opened Hearts

“I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round,

as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year,

when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely,

and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave,

and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. .”

~ Charles Dickens

To Keep Christ in Christmas …

“Want to keep Christ in Christmas?
Feed the hungry, clothe the naked,
forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted,
care for the ill, love your enemies,
and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
~ Steve Maraboli