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As I am writing this we
still have no idea as to what our tax rates will be in just a couple of
weeks; I could handicap the race, but why! Instead let’s talk Christmas (I
need all the help I can get to get into the Christmas spirit this year). Here
are some thoughts I shared with you last year.
With political correctness still plaguing our Nation, I have struggled this
year with whether I should wish people a bawdy and perhaps daring “Merry
Christmas” or play it safe with a simple “Happy Holidays.” I am told that
wishing people a “Merry Christmas” may be offensive to some but I guess I am
not completely sure why. The person offering the “Merry Christmas” does so
without any malice or hostile foam from the mouth, no it is quite the
opposite; it’s merry. Non-Christians are ready to admit that yes there is a
day on the calendar called “Christmas.” The popular statement, “have a Merry
Christmas,” even to the Non-Christian should merely (and merrily) be taken as
kind hearted wish to enjoy the day.
Currently, Christmas in America does mean more than just a day on the
calendar. In fact, it is a day we Americans commemorate the gifts we
have received. Whereas Christians celebrate the gift of Jesus, others can
celebrate regardless of religious belief or background. In our American
culture, Christmas is a day that we all honor the gifts we have received regardless
of where we believe those gifts may have come from.
Whether you believe gifts come directly from God, pure happenstance, or
somewhere in between, we have all received gifts (or dare I say “blessings”)
that added significantly to our lives. We Americans are blessed.
Even in the toughest times and the dreariest days, we have received gifts. As
matter of fact, we probably receive the most valuable ones in the hardest of
times. Gifts such as the love of friends and family, unexpected help and kindness
from unforeseen places, radiant laughter and even our own lives are just a
few of the gifts that come to mind. Each new day is gift. A day that can be
filled with hope and joy is a priceless gift. A new day brings the gift of
opportunity fresh and full of possibility. A new day allows us the time to
can act on those long harbored thoughts of what our life could be. The
insight and motivation a day can bring when we reflect back on our
accomplishments and achievements is also a gift. I truly am thankful for
waking up this morning and receiving another gift full of promise.
Bob Proctor likes to say, “God’s gift to you is more talent and ability than
you can use in a life time. Your gift to God is to use those gifts.” To me,
one of the true meanings of Christmas is to reflect upon the numerous gifts I
have been given and even more importantly put them to good use. Even in times
of financial stress we can still give that gift.
So it is in that spirit, I wish you all a most Merry Christmas!
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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly
as love and generosity and devotion exists, and you know that they abound
and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.
editorial in the New York Sun, 1897, responding to a letter
from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon