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Do you believe in Christmas?

I’m one of those loons who wish for a white Christmas – but not so much that people are injured because of the snow – but the fun let’s play stuff. I don’t want anyone in the hospital for Christmas because they had a heart attack from clearing snow.

Now for my question.  Do you believe in Christmas? Wow, that can be a loaded question – for some! My belief has always been celebrating Christmas is being with family and friends and enjoying the companionship. I feel it is a blessing to be with those I love and cherish – especially since some are not around…for various reasons. I celebrate the gift of love and pray for peace. It’s watching kids have fun and the wonder on their faces. Just as I still believe in the spirit of Father Christmas, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus what ever one wishes to call the basic core feeling/belief. You may be thinking, well Liz you can do that any time. You’d be right, because the feeling/spirit of Christmas should be year round.

Let me share with those of you who may not know the original story of St. Nicholas or Father Christmas as some call him. In the 4th century (despite being living in a time where Christians were ruthlessly persecuted) Bishop Nicholas of Myra became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. It was said that he came from a wealthy family and he wanted to help those in need. Through the centuries many stories and legends have been told of St. Nicholas’ life and deeds. These accounts help us understand his extraordinary character and why he is so beloved and revered as protector and helper of those in need.

Depending on your beliefs, Jesus Christ was merely a prophet and a good man. To some, like me, our religious beliefs tell us he was the Son of God. Either way, for his deeds, and the good He inspired people like Bishop Nicholas of Myra and many others to do throughout the centuries, you really can’t fault a belief that names a season Christmas.

So, yikes I got very serious here! But to me celebrating those I cherish, the companionship of friends and family, watching kids have fun and the wonder on their faces, eggnog, cookies, snow, and all that stuff – you bet I’m a happy camper it’s Christmas time!!

I wish for you all to have a wonderful time doing what ever it is you do this time of year. And now I’m greedy and/or nosey – Do you believe in Christmas?

P.S.: Do you know the etymology of the word Christmas?

  • The word Christ stems from the Middle and Old English word Crist meaning the anointed one, the Lord’s Anointed.  It is borrowed from the Latin Christus and from the Greek Christos also meaning the anointed one.  The Greek is a translation of Hebrew mashiah meaning anointed of the Lord or Messiah.  In the word Christmas, the suffix mas evolves from the Old English word maesse meaning festival, feast day or mass.  (Source: All Experts ~ expert: Carol Pozefsky – 12/17/2003)

So folks, this is a festival, a feast day. Not a day to be working (a business), a day to be with family and/or friends. Enjoy!

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Sharing a Celebration

Let’s see just the other day I talked about how Summer is going away (look how close we are to Labor Day!), I encouraged you to look at the positives from this Summer. How have you been doing on that?

Anyway, happy news (for me) tomorrow, August 27 will make FOUR YEARS since my last seizure. Those with epilepsy can appreciate that milestone. To be honest anyone with any sort of serious health issue can appreciate anyone hitting a milestone. It definitely puts wind in your sails! On top of this, my doctor agrees that we could lower the dosage of my medications. Two things to celebrate. I hate taking pills of any kind, I’m looking forward to the day when I don’t have to take any.

So, what was the first thing I did when I got home? Well I called the company I get my meds through and made the woman answering the phone think I was a bit crazy! I might have sounded overly enthusiastic about ordering medication. She understood when I told her that it’s a lower strength.

Hey what can I tell you? I suck at cartwheels!

So, just what (in my exuberance) am I trying to tell you? Well to more clearly explain celebrating I found some quotes that I feel fit the occasion

In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.  ~ Audre Lorde
Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending. ~ Anon
Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey! ~ Barbara Hoffman
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.  Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice. ~ Indian Saying
Warning:  Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear. ~ Anon

So, we all need to remember that no matter what our life situation is – remember to take time to celebrate! Life’s too short to do otherwise, why waste the time we have being all gloomy?

I hope you find your reason to celebrate and share with us!