Friday, December 18, 2009

"What is Christmas?"

I love Christmas. I'm one of those people that bust out the Christmas music late October in anticipation of the season. One of my favorite things about this season is getting cards and letters from old college friends and families. Although I'm not someone who could sit and right a letter interesting enough for someone to want to read, I do enjoy seeing what others are up to. I keep all the cards and letters we get, hole punch them and then string them on a ribbon, so my kids can enjoy looking through them and adding to it as they come in the mail.

This year I recieved a card with the following poem on it. The poem was familiar to me as I'm sure it's quite popular, but I couldn't help but read it a few more times. It seems that every year, the world wants to phase out the "Christmas" season and replace it with a "Holiday" season. I can't help but be worried about the impact that has on mankind — shifting the focus from love, peace and hope found in Christ, to the the self indulgent season of gifts and parties.
How do you keep Christ in your Christmas?
Are there ways to stretch it out to last all year?

What is Christmas?
It's more than a day
at the end of the year;
More than a season
of joy and good cheer —
Christmas is really
God's pattern for living,
To be followed all year
by unselfish giving.
For in giving to others
and in being kind
Man finds true joy
and peace of mind —
And peace on earth
will come to stay
When we live Christmas
every day.

Helen Steiner Rice


P.S. Faith, Family & Fun will be taking a blogging break until January 4, 2010. We wish each of you a very Merry CHRISTmas. And look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!


  1. Thanks for sharing this poem, Kelly.
    Ahhh, what would happen to our world if every day of every year we lived with unselfish hearts, seeking ways to be kind to one another?
    Sounds like heaven on earth to me.
    Merry Christmas!


  2. Great poem to remind us of the the spirit that is eternal.