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Christmas IS Celebration!
By Jan McCracken

Ah, Christmas - what a Celebration! And do you know what celebration is? It is an instinct of the heart! Christmas with red ribbons galore, the aroma of fresh pine, gifts from the heart, feasting together in merriment with music abounding and so the list goes on.

Stop and think with me a moment - think about all the centuries that we have celebrated Christmas even with threatening circumstances around the world and in the face of adversity!

Christmas has been celebrated since that cry came ringing down through the ages, "Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."

Traditions sweetly cluster around this season of celebration with the significance of the heart's intentions - the yearning of our spirit to express hope, faith and love.

Take away this "intention" and the gift is BARE. It becomes just a touch of tinsel and a time with no meaning.

Faith, hope and love cannot be bought or sold but only given away. These are the wellsprings deep of Christmas celebration.

These gifts have no price tags. The ornaments cannot be imitated but are a unique discovery within one's self.

These special and wonderful gifts are not always easy to come by yet are unlimited in supply and within the reach of all of us!

This Christmas change your "shopping list"! Have a look at this list and see if there is anything here that will fill your heart with celebration and touch your very soul - not just for Christmas but all year 'round!

*Mend a quarrel
*Think first of someone else
*Find the TIME - then TAKE the TIME!
*Apologize if you were wrong
*SMILE! Did you know that a smile is a universal language?
*Seek out a friend who has been forgotten
*Encourage youth and manifest hope
*Forgive an enemy - let go of a grudge
*Try to understand - TRY!
*Be kind - Be gentle - Express your love
*Make a child's heart glad
*Soak up the beauty and wonderment of the earth - TAKE time!
*Laugh - Laugh a little - Laugh a little more
*Speak your love - Speak it AGAIN - Speak it "one more time"!

You have heard these all before and this list is so small. Make your own list or ADD to this one.

Christmas IS a celebration - a celebration with a stirring of the heart that extends towards the very core of life itself!

This Christmas, let's together try to grasp an inkling of the significance of that very first Christmas that changed the world forever!

I wish you faith, hope and love this Christmas and always. May your Christmas Celebration be within your heart.

May you have a Merry and Blessed Christmas.

Copyright, 2003 Jan McCracken

Jan McCracken is author & self-publisher of 39 gift books & cookbooks. Laugh & cook with this fun-loving, old-fashioned cook who insists that food taste like 'the real stuff' without the carbs no one will ever know it's Low Carb!

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