Dear Friends,
The merry season comes and goes, and once the decorations are packed up, presents are opened and the celebrations draw to a close, so does the Christmas spirit, and all the love, thoughtfulness, and unity that it brings. But what is it that discourages us from celebrating this joyous feast all year round? This year, with all my kind greetings and wishes, I would like to send you a reminder about something that is better than the observance of Christmas day, and that is – keeping Christmas.
Are you willing…
…to forget what you have done for other people,
and to remember what other people have done for you?
…to ignore what the world owes you,
and to think what you owe the world?
…to put your rights in the background,
and your duties in the middle distance,
and your chances to do a little more than your duty
in the foreground?
Are you willing…
…to see that men and women are just as real as you are,
and try to look behind their faces to their hearts,
hungry for joy?
…to own up to the fact that probably the only good reason
for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life,
but what you are going to give to life?
…to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where
you can sow a few seeds of happiness?
Are you willing to do these things even for a day?
Then you can keep Christmas.
Are you willing to stoop down and consider
the needs and desires of little children?
And to remember the weakness and loneliness of people growing old?
Are you willing…
…to stop asking how much your friends love you,
and ask yourself whether you love them enough? bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts to try to understand what those who live in the same home with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you?

“Merry Christmas
and a
Happy New Year”

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