How to keep Christmas

Wouldn’t it be great if we could keep our Christmas spirit all year long?

Here’s some advice on how we can “keep Christmas” from writer Henry Van Dyke.

“Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children, to remember the weaknesses and loneliness of people who are growing old, to stop asking how much your friends love you and to ask yourself if you love them enough, to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts, 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 for a day? Then, you are ready to keep Christmas!”

I’m trimming my lamp so that it will give more light. I’m making a grave for my ugly thoughts and a garden for my kindly feelings, and I’m doing these things today.