Sunday, 16 December 2012
Day 177: Christmas Spirit
Don't you just hate Christmas grumps? Bah-humbugers? I understand that Christmas may not be a happy time for many for whatever reason, but that's no reason to shut yourself off from it, for 'if you lose Christmas when troubles befall,/You never have really had Christmas at all.'
How true. Because what is Christmas if not love, an open heart, and the welcoming back of the light, into every situation, no matter how dark?
We Won't Have Christmas This Year - Verna S. Teeuwissen
We won't have a Christmas this year, you say
For now the children have all gone away;
And the house is so lonely, so quiet and so bare
We couldn't have a Christmas that they didn't share.
We won't have a Christmas this year, you sigh,
For Christmas means things that money must buy.
Misfortunes and illness have robbed us we fear
Of the things that we'd need to make Christmas this year.
We won't have a Christmas this year you weep,
For a loved one is gone, and our grief is too deep;
It will be a long time before our hearts heal,
And the spirit of Christmas again we can feel.
But if you lose Christmas when troubles befall,
You never have really had Christmas at all.
For once you have had it, it cannot depart
When you learn that true Christmas is Christ in your heart.