December 24th, 2007 - Hilda-258177 said:
Frank, that is exactly why I can't wait for it to be over. It is difficult to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with all the worldly pressures! This is the first year I decided I would not buy presents, but instead focused on my spirituality and the reason for the season: OUR SAVIOR'S BIRTH!!!
December 21st, 2007 - Frank-174649 said:
Remember how years ago people would be cheerful and friendly during this time of year. If you bumped into a stranger you'd turn together and with a smile and maybe even chuckle a tad together and wish eachother a Merry Christmas? There was joy and a certain peace that seemed to flow through the blood stream of each of us back in those days. That was back in the day when people all said "Merry Christmas" to one another without the fear of being politically incorrect. Its no wonder there are so many that can't wait to get Christmas overwith as soon as possible. With all the gift buying, talk of the "holidays" even a week before Thanksgiving comes and goes, it gets played out for many. Ask yourself who celebrates their birthday 6 weeks in advance anyway? The spirit of Christmas has left humanity in the same proportion as you and I hear the useless modern politically correct greeting "Happy Holidays". Yes, its become a meaningless time of year for all those who haven't the guts and the grace to say "MERRY CHRISTMAS" TO EVERYONE! Lets face it folks It's Jesus's birthday we're supposed to be celebrating. The King of Kings doesn't demand us buying a pile of gifts for eachother to show Him we Love Him. He wants us to immitate His love for us by loving one another. By kindness and patience and sacrifice toward our family and friends alike. Not one day a year but all year long. So stop being intimidated with the worldly pressure of spending, spending, and buying costly gifts and going into debt just to save face and keep up with all the other pagan members of your families and so called friends. And do what is the Charitable thing to do for them all. Wish them a "Merry Christmas" even when they wish you a "Happy Holiday first" Remind them it's Christs Birthday we are celebrating. It doesn't matter what religion they are. Inform them all that Christ was born into humanity FOR THE WHOLE WORLD. He is the Savior of the whole world. All the other religions are false and therefore incapable of saving souls. This is Catholic Dogmatic truth. To hell with "Happy Holidays" because that's where the Happy holidays is going to take all of us who leave Christ out of this time of year. He said "if you are ashamed of me I will be ashamed of you before my Father in Heaven. He wants everyone to be Catholic! True charity is to not be affraid to say the truth to those who are blind and going to lose their immortal souls practising false religions. We can fight evil with goodness. Remember we have God on our side. Don't be afraid. Say "Merry Christmas" to everyone, everywhere and you will see hearts change and smiles come back and happieness will return to all of us this time of year like it used to be only a short while ago. And no one will want the Christmas Season to end. Ps. stop buying so much Stuff!!! It's all stuff your gonna throw out real soon. And if you don't you'll need to spend more money on Storage facilities. Peace to men of Good Will!
December 19th, 2007 - Stacey-101742 said:
This is the second Christmas without my oldest son.
Memories flood this time of year more than usual. I to am constantly reminded of family and activities which when you loose someone , it all changes . You can't replace their place they had in your heart , nor does one want to . I am thankful for all my blessings, and do have peace about my son and where he is now . But , nothing replaces missing him. Its the missing . I can go through the motions of keeping busy and moving on, but ones heart has a whole other story to hold onto ,I guess. It's easier said than done. In faith though, I thank God, that I know, I can always offer this suffering to him and know, He is blessing my heart in healing . And that brings some comfort.