Remembering Christmas

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Remembering Christmas

For some reason, this has been a difficult message to write. I mentioned earlier that I am having trouble getting into the Christmas Spirit. Then I received this picture. It was created by our newest staff member Jordan Weiner. I don’t know if it was her intention, but in addition to its simplicity and beauty, it also sends a message.

 

Only when the star is left to shine, you will know it’s Christmas Time!  May all your days be Merry & Bright!

The tree, the star, and the decorations  reflect the Christmas season. But then I noticed the tide coming in. In just a few minutes, the symbol she drew in the sand will be washed away. But will it?

The symbol might be gone, but the feeling, the thought, the wonder of Christmas remains. The image of the tree and what it means is permanently in our thoughts. The words from “Do They Know its Christmas”, by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, were written to remind us of those less fortunate, in this case a famine in Ethiopia.

When we decorate a tree, or buy a present, or wish someone “Merry Christmas” its time to remember not only the joy of the season, but also those less fortunate. When O Henry wrote “The Gift of the Magi” he spoke not only of the love included in gifts, but also the sacrifice we can make to give the perfect gift.

From time to time, in the upcoming year, remember that Christmas Tree on the beach. Give it a moment’s thought. The Spirit and Love of this most holy season doesn’t stop with dessert on Christmas day. It remains with us. Its not the gifts, or the tree, or the time spent with family.

It’s the magic. It’s the spirit. It’s the wonder in a child’s eye. It’s a memory of a tree drawn on a beach. Don’t let it go away.

Merry Christmas

JVH, Jordan, Astrid, Eric, Marcy, Kelley, Robyn, Shelly, Sue, Melissa, Romina, Francine, and the entire Parking Today Media Staff.

John Van Horn

John Van Horn

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