Reposted from Christmas 2011, with an update.
Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion.
-Ralph W. Sockman
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
-Hamilton Wright Mabie
Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.
Some celebrate Christmas as the birthday of a great and good philosopher and teacher. Others of us believe in the divinity of the child born in Bethlehem, that he was and is the promised Prince of Peace.
Remember in your prayers and actions the tragedy of Newtown, CT, and their elementary school. Think of the victims, and especially of their survivors.