Keeping that Christmas Spirit Alive

I read somewhere on Facebook last month a comment something to the effect:

I am so glad to see all this brotherly love, but why can’t it happen all year long?

It’s true. For some reason it’s easier to buy the lady behind me at Starbucks a Peppermint Mocha in December than it is to buy her a Frappucino in July. Being nice is more socially acceptable at the holiday time. 

Why is that?

I was totally touched by the man switching places with Heidi at the post office and Anne’s pastor giving them a very intentional and meaningful holiday gift.

Let their examples be a lesson to us all the live long year, not just while the halls are decked.

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Hebrews 13:16

 Do you have a special way to love people all year long?

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  1. I just said something very similar yesterday while at work.

    I work as an RN (weekend package) at a local nursing home. Last month, every single day had multiple events happening, including the weekends. This month: the weekends are.empty. No special groups coming in to visit, no family activities for the residents to enjoy. It’s like the community remembers us at the holidays “as their duty” then forgets about the elderly in their community the rest of the year.

  2. Cathi Carpenter says:

    Thank you again for such lovely insightful words…you, as often you do, took the “words right outta my mouth”…Thanks to you and have a glorious 2013!

  3. Oh my goodness, I LOVE Heidi’s story! Thanks so much for sharing that, Jessica!

  4. Even though my tree is still up (it’s January 15th), I’m enjoying the twinkling lights and the ornaments that my children have made through the years. It’s an opportunity to savor now what has replaced the frantic, fast-paced month of December. Why does the Christmas season seem so rich and full to children, yet as adults we often lose sight of that innocent sense of wonder? I’ve resolved that I will live Christmas the whole year through, by showing patience (think of the fella driving in front of you who’s agonizingly going 35 in a 55 mph zone!), not letting sharp words or hurt feelings plague my days, and taking the higher road in all circumstances. Christmas is about more than retail commercialism, the shopping and wrapping of presents, the non-stop parties, and the filling of every space on the calendar with activities. It is a time to to reflect on a journey: The journey of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus in the stable. Of the three wise men who followed the star to pay homage to the Christ Child. To rejoice in the goodness of the world. Of peace on Earth, good will toward men. If we stop to smile more often, reflect a bit on what’s important in life, we can take comfort that this is a good life, meant to be fully savored and enjoyed!

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