Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"It just doesn't feel like Christmas"

Have you heard someone say, "It just doesn't 'feel' like Christmas?" As we go about our shopping, attend parties or family gatherings, or struggle with the long list of holiday chores it's easy to lose the Christmas Spirit. From Thanksgiving on it's a flurry of activities that require making lists, staying up late and "burning the candle at both ends." Only when we slow down the season and open our hearts can we truly enjoy this silent gift of Christmas.

I am the Christmas Spirit
by Irving Caesar
I enter the home of poverty, causing pale-faced children to open their eyes wide in pleased wonder.
I cause the miser's clutched hand to relax and thus paint a bright spot on his soul.
I cause the aged to renew their youth and to laugh in the glad old way.
I keep romance alive in the heart of childhood and brighten sleep with dreams woven of magic.
I cause eager feet to climb dark stairways with filled baskets, leaving behind them hearts amazed at the goodness of the world.
I cause the prodigal to pause a moment on his wild, wasteful way and send to anxious love some little token that releases glad tears-tears which wash away the hard lines of sorrow.
I enter dark prison cells, reminding scarred manhood of what might have been, and pointing forward to good days yet to come.
I come softly into the still, white home of pain; and lips that are too weak to speak just tremble in silent, eloquent gratitude.
In a thousand ways I cause the weary world to look up into the face of God, and for a little moment forget the things that are small and wretched.
I am the Christmas Spirit!


  1. I have never seen that poem. I like it very much because it is so very true. I've seen the Christmas Spirit touch people in so many ways, especially in my work - the most hardened character softens and lets a little joy into his heart.
    Lovely post!

  2. The photo on this post reminds me of something I always try to do. Even if I don't have any change to drop in the kettle everytime I pass by one, I always try to wish the bell ringer a Very Merry Christmas. It just breaks my heart that people rush by and seem to ignore those volunteers.

  3. Beautiful thoughts and very true.
    I'd never read this. Thanks for shqring .

  4. Well, I am feeling it, I am just a child at heart I guess, loving it all. Love those little Santa clocks below here! ;D

  5. I seem to be losing that Christmas sprit to be honest as time goes on, yet i know in my heart that i still love this holiday. Richard

  6. Please don't hate me but it doesn't take much to get me in the spirit!!! Woohoo!!! I love Christmas but I also try to keep that 'spirit' all year long!

    I loved the readin' sweetie!

    God bless ya and have a magnificent day filled with the spirit of Christmas!!!

    If ya have time please drop by. I'm havin' a giveaway. I'll pour a couple mugs of cider and put the fudge out! Heeehehehe!!! :o)

  7. Being one of the original Bah-Humbugs, it takes me quite a while to catch the Christmas Spirit, but it will eventually come in...

  8. Me? I have that "spirit" all year...at least that's what everyone says!...:)JP

  9. What a lovely Christmas prose. I've never seen this before...it's a great reminder to BREATHE and remember the reason for the season...and to embrace each moment, each smile, each sigh...and each person that crosses our path. Thanks so much for this reminder! ;) Merry CHRISTmas! ~CC Catherine


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