Monday, December 17, 2012

5th day of christmas

I am the Christmas Spirit—
I enter the home of poverty, causing palefaced children to open their eyes wide, in pleased wonder.
I cause the miser’s clutched hand to relax and thus paint a bright spot on his soul.
I cause the aged to renew their youth and to laugh in the old glad way.
I keep romance alive in the heart of childhood, and brighten sleep with dreams woven of magic.
I cause eager feet to climb dark stairways with filled baskets, leaving behind hearts amazed at the goodness of the world.
I cause the prodigal to pause a moment on his wild, wasteful way and send to anxious love some little token that releases glad tears—tears which wash away the hard lines of sorrow.
I enter dark prison cells, reminding scarred manhood of what might have been and pointing forward to good days yet to be.
I come softly into the still, white home of pain, and lips that are too weak to speak just tremble in silent, eloquent gratitude.
In a thousand ways, I cause the weary world to look up into the face of God, and for a little moment forget the things that are small and wretched.
-I am the Christmas Spirit.  ~E.C. Baird

Thank heavens for the Christmas spirit. It truly does exist and changes despair and sorrow into hope and joy.

Here's a post from last year that talks about why I love the Christmas spirit.

The Hilltop Star in Paradise, Utah by Lisa Clawson. She sent this photo to me on Instagram and I love it. It brings back so many memories.

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