• Marty Lythgoe

Keeping Christmas

This article is an anonymous piece I came across that I found to be so very worthy of sharing.

Better than the observance of Christmas Day is the idea of keeping Christmas in your heart. Here's how you do it:

  • 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 foreground?

  • To see that your fellow men are just as real as you are, to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy?

  • To admit that probably the best 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 God of this universe and look around 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 who are growing old?

  • To stop asking how much your friends love you and ask yourself whether you love them enough?

  • 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?

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


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