Saturday, December 17, 2011

Advent Journal Day 18 - December 18, 2011 Christmas Spirit

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.  ~Roy L. Smith

Christmas Spirit one of those phrases that is hard to put into words.  For those who celebrate Christmas and believe in the Christmas miracle, it is easy to recognize and easily shared.  And yet the Christmas Spirit means different things to each person.  At it's essence, it is having a generous heart and a friendly, helpful mind. It is about sharing time with loved ones, making memories and hope.
While retailers attempt to convey the Christmas spirit by displaying merchandise and blaring Christmas carols as early as October, no one is fooled into thinking that they are basking in the Christmas spirit.
The Christmas spirit involves setting aside the frustration brought on by merchandizing and filling our hearts with Christmas.   It involves making the effort to enjoy our lives and the people around us.  The Christmas spirit isn't something you can purchase, it is something that comes from within each of us. 

Day 18 Advent Journal 12.18.11
Define the Christmas Spirit
 My Journal Entry states:

The Christmas Spirit is a feeling of optimism and hope that we share with others at Christmas time. Christmas Day is the pinnacle of weeks of planning, meals, gifts and activities -- all spent with family or (communicating with distant family) with out the distraction of a normal work day.
As a child, the Christmas spirit meant the mystery of Santa, dinner with family and the excitement of having company over the house.  As I grew older, the Christmas spirit grew to appreciating memories of Christmas past, but also working on being grateful for the present.  I am grateful for memories of my family all together for the holidays and miss those family members who died.  
The Christmas spirit is about seeing magic in Christmas lights, seeing beauty in the snowfall and feeling blessed to be able to wish my family, “Merry Christmas”.


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