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I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!


. . . as well as Happy Hannukah and Happy Kwanzaa . . .




To many of us today, Christmas is just a holiday – a stressful one at that. It’s a time for buying gifts that didn’t need to be bought out of a budget that couldn’t afford them. It’s a time for squeezing parties and extra events into a schedule that was already too full. It’s a time in which many feel rushed and overcommitted when what they really need is to slow down and enjoy the season.


Christmas should be a time of peace, not of fear and unrest. We fear we may overlook someone on our gift list, or maybe they won’t like what we bought them, or perhaps they will think our gift too cheap. For some, Christmas brings the added tension of bringing fractured families together. Instead of peace, they dread the inevitable conflicts. Yet, Christmas should be a time of peace.


Christmas should be a time of hope. Think about this: Christmas is poised at the end of one year and the beginning of the next – at the crossroads of the past and the future. A previous year, with its blessings and its trials, is gone. A new year looms ahead, full of uncertainty. Yet, here is Christmas – the celebration of a birth that took place over 2000 years ago, a perennial bright spot on our calendars – because God has given us hope, Christmas should be a time of hope.


Christmas should be a time of love - centered around the greatest love story ever told. The story of God, who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. Christmas is the story of God’s greatest gift given to meet our greatest need. Because God is Love, Christmas should be a time of love.


The Christmas story – a tale retold year after year, yet it never loses its majesty; it never ceases to fill our hearts with wonder.


I wish all of you a Christmas filled with peace, hope and love!

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Very well said and can't think of much to say above what was said by FrBrGr. Shelley and I hope that eveyrone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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A Merry Christmas to all (please substitute appropriate holiday if you celebrate something else)!!!


To any and all traveling this holiday season- have a safe journey to wherever you may be going.

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Just my 10c, Happy Xmas to all from the Deep Southern Hemisphere where the improving fur-climate in the North will hopefully reach in the next 6 months.....




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What an absolutely wonderful post by FrBrGr..


I hope we all have a prosperous new year and get out of this credit situation..






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