Sharing the Spirit of Christmas

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”

-Roy L. Smith-

As Christmas is around the corner, I wanted to share a few thoughts on how we might spread the joy of Christmas. It’s important to remember the little things really do matter; after all, they are the ones that are most often treasured. Christmas is always about the heart and never about the tree:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows (New International Version, James 1:17).

Make the best of your given situation:

I recall one particular Christmas when my daughter, I think she was 5 at the time, was horribly sick. We were not able to attend our traditional Christmas Eve service, nor did we share in our traditional Christmas Eve dinner. Instead, my oldest son, 11 at the time, decided he would sleep in my daughter’s room that night–just in case sister needed anything. So we made a pallet bed on the floor and decided to settle in with a reading of The Christmas Story.  I could tell my little girl did her best, trying to be cheerful during the story, and my son was so attentive towards his sister. (It was so very sweet, one of my fondest memories of these two.) Once we finished our reading, my son ran to the kitchen for carrots and a plate. Upon his return, he expressed sister should have the honors of preparing carrots on a plate for Santa’s reindeer. At such a young age, my son knew to make the best of our given situation.

Be kind to each other:

I know many people will disagree with my actions, and I, too, once felt the same way: the homeless are an eye sore so look past them. I am from a smaller town, one that does not have any homeless that I recall. When I first encountered a homeless person, of course, I wanted to give them something, but I was “schooled” so to speak and warned they will just keep coming back. Arizona has a lot of homeless, and I do give from time to time…sometimes I have even gotten shrugs when it’s food! But that’s okay. I try looking my fellow human beings in the eye, and I hope I let them know they are not alone.

One gentleman asked me, “Can I please clean your windows for a dollar?”

My response, “No, please don’t. If you need a dollar please just accept it.”

For I am no better than that man.

Be neighborly and spread the joy of Christmas:

My backyard boasts lemon and lime trees, and for the past few Christmases I have passed along to neighbors on Christmas Eve. I have always told one of my neighbors, just pick what you want whenever you need, we have so many.  The other day, I arrived home to a lemon cream cheese pie sitting on my counter.

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My husband said, “Oh “B” brought it by, she wanted to report she’s been stealing our lemons.”

To be honest, we’ve been purposely hanging branches over her side of the fence. 🙂 The moral to the story?  Oh, you know this one: “Life’s lemons are sometimes little blessings, you just have to wait for the pie.”

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Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year! 


12 thoughts on “Sharing the Spirit of Christmas

  1. The pie looks amazing. I love your memories of your children. Your lemon story reminds me of my niece in Texas. She has a pecan tree in her backyard. A Hispanic gentlemen asked if he could have a couple and she (through the language barrier) told him to take all he wanted. He came back with friends. When they were done gathering pecans they raked and bagged her yard for her. She said her yard had never looked so good. There are so many good people out there in every walk of life. Thank you for that reminder!

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    1. Oh I love that story! That’s so sweet they cleaned her yard…love it! Now your story reminds me of my neighbor in Georgia. She would always mow my grass when my husband was deployed. I would catch her outside and would ask her not to, but she always proclaimed it was a blessing for her. The truth is my husband mowed her grass when she first moved in…the grass had gotten so high, and she had no riding lawn mower at the time! Little did we know that small gesture would develop into a lovely friendship. I do miss her dearly. So thank you for the reminder that our Heavenly Father will often send us reminders of his presence.

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  2. I love this positive message right before Christmas! I think Christmas is about the little things. I love the story you tell about the pallet on the floor you made with your kids. What a special Christmas! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. Hi there! Thank you so much! Yes it’s funny how we remember the little things isn’t it. I appreciate you stopping by and reading! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too! I will stop by your blog soon. It’s always nice meeting new people. 😊

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