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Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming around again — that blessed day when all refresh themselves with the friendships they have made; Christmas when the dross of life sinks and only the best in folks shines forth.

Charles Dickens said of Christmas time:

“I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come around, as a good time, a kind forgiving, charitable pleasant time, the only time known of in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut up hearts freely. And, therefore, thought 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.”



And as it did Dickens good, it has done countless other millions of Christian lands good; it has brought out the best in men and women because it has aroused in their breasts a desire to serve.

For, after all, the happiest Christmas is the one that you make for someone else; for the little child whose faith in Santa Claus has never been shaken.



Of course, there are always some grumps who grumble about Christmas. They do not get the Christmas spirit because they do not realize that it comes from within. That it is the thing they give and not what they receive that makes Christmas.

If you have caught the vision of Christmas — that giving, not getting is the secret of true happiness, share some of your material prosperity with unfortunates who have not been blessed so richly as you.

Bert Selkirk

Dec. 19, 1924