Sunday, October 31, 2010

All I want for Christmas is...

Every year the question gets harder and harder to answer. What do you want for Christmas this year? My answer is starting to sound much more uniform year after year. I dunno.

Is it because I don't want anything? No, not really. There are always things that would be cool to have. There are a few things that I would consider needs. But, overall, I feel very blessed and there is no particular thing that I just have to have.
I do know of something that I could use much more of though: time with my family. As I get older I realize that some relationships have time limits on them. Grandparents don't live forever, and none of the rest of us do either. Spending time throughout the holidays (and the rest of the year) enjoying those relationships becomes more and more important. I am thankful for all of my family. I don't get to see them enough. I got to spend two weeks straight with my wife and son last Christmas, and it was one of the best gifts I have ever had.

So I will take advantage of the time that I have. I will tell them I love them every time I get the chance. I will do my best to make sure they feel special. I will make the choices I need to make that brings me closer to them and not further away. I will pay attention to who they are and what they love and do my best to enjoy it with them.

What do you want for Christmas this year? Aside from the stuff, is there something that you could do that would make this season (and the year to follow) extra special? Make the plans and do it!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Christmas Carol

I love Christmas movies. I usually start watching them the day after Thanksgiving and try to get one in every day until Christmas day. I don't have quite enough to make it the full 30 days or so without repeating, but I get close...and I watch a few of them several times. Which one do I watch the most? You have already guessed.

I love this story. It is one of the influences on my book, I Believe: A Christmas Story. More than that, it has been a huge influence on how I view Christmas...and how I view the rest of the year too. 

Scrooge has all the money he could ever spend, but no joy or life. Bob Cratchit had very little money, but had overwhelming joy and much life. Money and success couldn't buy Scrooge happiness. Happiness, he found, is in sharing life and love with your fellow man.

There is a great quote by Dickens that sums this up:
“I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.” 

We are all fellow passengers in this world. What do you need to do today, and this Holiday season, to open up your heart freely? Is there a relationship you need to mend? A gift that needs to be given? A kind word that needs to be said? Whatever it is, do it and you will see the spirit of Christmas grow because of what you have done. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I Believe: the Necklace - Now Available

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

By Francis P. Church, first published in The New York Sun in 1897.

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Dear Editor—
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
Virginia O’Hanlon
Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I Believe: A Christmas Story

Do you have to be able to see something to believe that it is real? Is Santa real? What is the true meaning of Christmas? Those are questions that many people have asked. Those are questions that many people still don't know the answer to. Peter wanted to know. When he asked the question he got much more of an answer than he ever expected.

Come take a trip with Peter and his new friends, Comet the reindeer and Frosty the elf, as they travel to the North Pole. Maybe you, like Peter, will come away surprised with what you find.

Do you believe?


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