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Editorial: May the spirit of Christmas continue throughout the year
Wilson County NewsDecember 26, 2013 | 1,650 views | 6 comments
It’s been difficult not to focus on politics and other negative issues during the month of December. Here is one more, however, to round out the month and the year.
The spirit of Christmas should not end on Dec. 25, but should be the beginning. We see that the message is everywhere, but how can we make it real?
I find it disheartening to see stores, homes, and offices stripped of all vestiges of Christmas on the day after. We try to leave our tree up until Jan. 6, the traditional Feast of the Three Kings, or 12 days after Christmas. This commemorates the three wise men and the salvation of the Gentiles.
This, of course, is the religious interpretation of Christmas, but in America, we are more likely to be inundated with “after Christmas” sales than the Feast of the Epiphany. Beginning the day after, people exchange what they don’t want, use their gift cards, and scrounge for after-Christmas markdowns.
Here’s hoping that we might be able to hold fast to our Christmas spirit past the trees, lights, and glitter. After the wrapping paper is discarded, toys are pulled from their boxes, and the last of the fruitcake is gone, may we remember all the Christmas salutations.
As Sarah Palin wrote in her book, Good Tidings and Great Joy, some people look at Christmas as a mere inconvenience and a “costly diversion from our normal pattern of life.” While we start out by trying to do good things, these “things” can easily become the object instead of the means to achieve our goal.
In the process, we can forget that we do good things as a way of honoring the one whose birth we celebrate at Christmas.
Here are some sentiments that we might share with each other at Christmas, and remember as the new year progresses.
•May the Holy Child born to us on this day bring us hope for peace on earth.
•So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. (Luke 2:16-17)
•Rise up in splendor! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.
•May the radiant glory of the first Christmas fill your life with peace and joy.
•You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. (Psalm 16:11)
•To a world filled with darkness, He came as a radiant light. May that light illuminate your path.
•And behold the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. (Matthew 2:9)
•May the meaning of Christmas be deeper, its faith stronger, its hopes brighter, as it comes to you this year.
•Truly the Lord is our shield, the Holy One of Israel, our king. (Psalm 87:19)
•Light a Christmas candle, say a prayer, sing a carol. His love is everywhere!
•God’s love is the Christmas Spirit; God’s grace the Christmas cheer; God’s peace is the Christmas Blessing.
• God, according to His promise, has brought to Israel a Savior named Jesus. (Acts 13:23)
•For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. (Psalm 33:21)
•His light was for all times; His love was for all people.
And finally ...
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men!
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