Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Spirit. (pun).

I read Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol for the first time this year. and watched the movie only 5 times. It really got me in the Christmas mood. It was Scrooge. He did it. His life did it. He was completely turned around. His life was changed. Those ghosts helped him to see the monster he really was and it was unsettling to him. He only cared about his business and money. He cared least about the people around him. And cared least about Christmas. He saw who he would be. And it broke him. It warms my heart to see the change in him at the end. He was open and grateful to be alive every day. "...And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us!" "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.." I wish we could have our hearts open all year. Not just by doing good for others but living for Christ and others. Teaching them, having community, with friends and strangers, for the sake of them finding Christ in us. Lets not be bound by things. If we're bound by things living for others will not happen. The spirit of Christmas should continue all year round. Its about a baby, but also what he did for us. and for all humanity.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sleigh bells are ringing...

Im home for Christmas. It feels good. The streets are filled with Christmas cheer. And so is my heart. I have two perfect books lined up for break. One is Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Im nervous excited. The Jim Carrey movie is a stroke of genius. Its eerie at times and I love it. Im having peppermint mocha coffee. It is warming my bones. Just like Scrooge does at the end of the story. Those ghosts changed his life. Ive already watched so many Christmas movies. The Grinch 4 times. The Polar Express 2 times. Elf 2 times. Jack Frost (old one). A Christmas Carol 2 times. A few Hallmark/Lifetime movies. A Christmas Story (part of it). I like this picture. Its glowing. Christmas merriment.