Perhaps Charles Dickens understood the spirit of Christmas best. He realized that it is in giving, not getting, that we discover the true joy of the season. Consider some of his words in his classic story, A Christmas Carol and from his other writings.
•A repentant Scrooge says, "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach."
"A loving heart is the truest wisdom."
"Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door."
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else."
"Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
"Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature."
"We forge the chains we wear in life."
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
"We need never be ashamed of our tears."
"There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor."
"Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape."
"Remember!--It is Christianity to do good always--even to those who do evil to us. It is Christianity to love our neighbours as ourself, and to do to all men as we would have them do to us. It is Christianity to be gentle, merciful and forgiving, and to keep those qualities quiet in our own hearts... If we do this, and remember the life and lessons of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and try to act up to them, we may confidently hope that God will forgive us our sins and mistakes, and enable us to live and die in peace."
© Carol Brown