Thought of the Day, Dec 25, 2008
I love Christmas. It’s easy to be cynical, what with the crass commercialism, and strife and injustice in the world. But, even if you are not Christian, the core message of this special time of year remains: Let us celebrate the potential for peace, if not peace itself; let us offer goodwill to all; love those who are part of your life; be grateful for all you have; remember and share with those less fortunate. I cannot think of a more worthy message. In our darker moments, we need such solace and to remember that we only have one of each day, and in the numbering of our days it behooves us to make some of them truly special.
“I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”
— Charles Dickens
Author of A Christmas Carol