Wednesday, December 26

Sharing Christmas Every Day

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and got everything they were wishing for!  I love the holidays because families come together, old and new traditions are in full bloom and memories are made to last a lifetime.  For Christmas, my in-laws gave me a devotional by Helen Steiner Rice, "Sharing Christmas Every Day."  In it, she discusses how "all these grand activities and preparations culminate in one small twenty-four-hour period, and we need to make a better effort to spread the joy and the true meaning of Christmas all year round.  Christmas is about giving and sharing love with everyone around you.  Helen Steiner Rice puts it into words perfectly:

"Only what we give away
Enriches us from day to day,
For not in getting but in giving
Is found the lasting joy of living,
For no one ever had a part
In sharing treasures of the heart
Who did not feel the impact of
The magic mystery of God's love.
Love alone can make us kind
And give us joy and peace of mind,
So live with joy unselfishly
And you'll be blessed abundantly."

I'll be reading this book for the next couple of weeks so you might see some poems or interesting information I've read pop up on here from time to time.  Now let's all look forward to the new year and the wonderful new experiences that it will bring!

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