From time to time you come across a simple story that causes your heart and mind to race with understanding and excitement. One such story comes from Henry Van Dyke’s book entitled, The Spirit of Christmas. I want to share it with you. There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas, and that is keeping Christmas. Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you; to ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world;---to see that your fellowmen are just as real as you are, and to try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy;---to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness.
Are you willing to do these things even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas.
Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weakness, loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough; to trim your lamp so it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so your shadow will fall behind you;---are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world, stronger that hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death, and that the belessed life which began in Bethlem two thousand years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas.
And if you keep it for a day, why not always?