Activated - - NEWS - Keep­ing Christ­mas

An­other Christ­mas is al­most here, and if you’re like most peo­ple, you’re prob­a­bly so busy with all that goes into Christ­mas that you haven’t yet found much time to stop and think about “the rea­son for the sea­son.” Well, here’s your chance! This is­sue of Ac­ti­vated is all about putting the mean­ing and joy back into Christ­mas.

To get us started, I’m in­clud­ing here ex­cerpts of a piece writ­ten nearly 100 years ago by Amer­i­can poet and the­olo­gian Henry van Dyke (1852–1933), called “Keep­ing Christ­mas.” In it, he asks some provoca­tive ques­tions that are just as rel­e­vant to­day as they were then: There is a bet­ter thing than the ob­ser­vance of Christ­mas Day, 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 stoop down and con­sider the needs and de­sires of lit­tle chil­dren? To re­mem­ber the weak­ness and lone­li­ness of peo­ple who are grow­ing old? To stop ask­ing how much your friends like you, and ask your­self whether

you love them enough? To make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a gar­den for your kindly

feel­ings? … Are you will­ing to be­lieve that love is the strong­est thing in the world— stronger than hate, stronger than death—and that the blessed Life which be­gan in Beth­le­hem many years ago is the im­age and bright­ness of eter­nal love? Then you can keep Christ­mas. On be­half of all of us at Ac­ti­vated, I’d like to wish you a very happy, faith-filled Christ­mas. Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor

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