Christmas

I used to have a tradition of posting this every year. I didn’t last year, for whatever reason. In a completely unrelated sequence of events, 2007 ended up being one of the Worst Years EVER. So, just in case, I’m getting back in the habit of posting this again!

A few years ago, somebody asked me why Christmas was my favorite holiday, which struck him as odd for a pagan. I posted the following quote from Dickens, which sums up my feelings towards the season nicely….and I’ve posted it to my blog/journal every year since:

“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,” returned the nephew: “Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round — apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that — as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant 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. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”

Sure, that’s the ideal, and sure, it seldom ever lives up to that. But still–that’s worth something, I think.

Gods, Goddesses, Household Dieties and Genii Loci Bless Us, Everyone.

4 Replies to “Christmas”

  1. That is…

    just about my favourite Xmas quote too. The thing about ideals is, well, that they are IDEAL. Not every day, not easy things, but something to strive for, hope for.

    Thanks, nice to see it here.

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