May We All Keep Christmas Well

By | December 24, 2017
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Merry ChristmasMay We All Keep Christmas Well

It’s Christmas Eve. And if you’re lucky, you are gathering with your family and friends to celebrate the Joy and Love that Christmas brings.

Not everyone is that lucky, though. Many are spending Christmas alone. Some are homeless and some are sick. Some shiver in the desperate cold of the unlit forgotten alleys of this world.

Then there are those of us who are blessed with children and grandchildren. My two amazing kids have made their way in the world and I’m so proud of them both.

This year for the second Christmas Eve in a row, my kids won’t be coming home with their kids. For the second year in a row our annual Christmas gathering won’t take place. And… at first, the thought of that ate at me. It gnawed at my soul. And I’ll admit it – it hurt.  But like every one of you, I have a choice. I can choose to be miserable and count the blessings I won’t have this year.

Or I can choose to count the blessing I do have and remember that life does not always unfold the way we want it to. And by accepting that there is nothing so certain as change and counting all the many blessings I have, this Christmas Eve will be different. I won’t be lonely because I have memories to relive and blessings to count.

And of both I have many. And, I bet that you do too.

When I was young, I used to visit my grandparents on Christmas Eve – but only for an hour or so and then I was off with my friends. After I left their house I never gave a thought about them sitting there alone after I had gone. And I used to spend Christmas morning with my parents. We’d open gifts and then I’d hurry off to spend the rest of the day with my friends.

Young people are often not the most thoughtful, I guess. But that doesn’t make them wrong. We were all young people once and I’m betting I was not the only one who wasn’t always thoughtful.

When I was young the thought of me being a parent, heaven forbid a grandparent, was as foreign to me as setting foot on the planet Mars.

It’s funny how life goes in circles, isn’t it?

This  Christmas Eve, my house will be quiet. My kids and my grandchildren won’t be coming home for our annual Christmas Eve family gathering.

Friends drift away and death whittled away at my family as it does to all families. Things change and time goes on. I am not going wallow in the sadness by counting the blessings I’m missing – I’m going to celebrate by counting the many blessings that I have.

Last year. our traditional Christmas was interrupted because my youngest was a thousand miles away helping to serve a free Christmas dinner to the poor. He and his troupe hope to serve hot food and good cheer to over 5000 homeless people and their families.

How lucky I am to have a son like that! A blessing indeed.

And my other son, he’s off visiting with his wife’s family for Christmas Eve. But you know what he does? Every Thursday, he takes the time to driver 45 minutes out of his day to take me out to lunch. No, he doesn’t feel sorry for the “old man”, he does it because he enjoys our time together – and so do I.

I am so blessed.

Indeed, I have many blessings to count and I will. It makes no sense to sit here and be miserable and count the few blessings I don’t have.

And I will be blessed with family too. We are all going to gather over the Christmas Holidays – we just won’t all be together at the same time. A minor point of timing – certainly not the lack of blessings!

I will  take time on this Christmas Eve and count the many blessings and gifts I have been blessed with. I won’t spend even one second pondering the things I don’t have. This Christmas Even I’m going take the time to remember how lucky I am to have the wonderful children and grandchildren I have and to have all of the memories we have shared. And good Lord willing, have yet to share.

I have a great many blessings to count!

Christmas is a special time. It’s a time for counting our blessings and for remembering those who are less fortunate than us. It’s a time for sharing and a time for caring. It’s a time to forgive and to forget. It’s a time for giving. It’s a time for doing the all the things Jesus taught us to do.

No matter what your situation is this Christmas, I  know you that you have more blessings and gifts to count than you know. I hope this Christmas that you take the time to count them all.

I hope your Christmas is filled with family, friends, good times, and good cheer. And most of all, may your Christmas be filled with Love.

As Charles Dickens wrote in “A Christmas Carol”:

Narrator of Scrooge: “And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!’’

Tiny Tim: “God bless Us, Every One!”

May we all keep Christmas well!

Please take a moment to read our Christmas Card to all of you.


18 thoughts on “May We All Keep Christmas Well

  1. Barbara Mosher

    I wish for you, TC and Darcy, all the wonders of the season, more blessings than your hearts can hold and a happy and healthy New Year. Thank you for all that you do and for being who you are.

    1. infoave Post author

      Hi Barbara. Thanks so much for your kind words. We hope you and your family had a blessed and magical Christmas. We wish you a very happy, healthy & blessed new year!

  2. Margaret Crozier

    Thank you for this TC. I wish you and Darcy and all of your individual loved ones a very Merry Christmas.


    1. David Foltz

      Merry Christmas Darcy & TC! You have been a “Great Help” to a “not savvy computer illiterate” person as I am. I really depend on you newsletters in helping me to cope with the World-Wide Web! I wish you both “The Best”!

      1. infoave Post author

        We hope you had a Merry Christmas, David. All our best to you and your family in 2018!

    2. infoave Post author

      Thanks so much Margaret. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you and those you love a very happy, healthy & blessed 2018!

  3. Don Bone

    Thank for the blessing to thousands of us around the world. You folks are not just business people you are dear friends. God hold you very close!

    1. infoave Post author

      And we consider you and all our readers friends as well. Thanks so much for your nice comments and your support Don. May God bless you in the new year.

    1. infoave Post author

      Thanks so much! God bless. We hope your Christmas was merry. We wish you and your family a very happy & healthy new year!

  4. Bonnie

    A very Merry Christmas to both of you and a Blessed New Year. May God be with you and grant you good health and happiness in 2018

    1. infoave Post author

      Bless you Bonnie. Thanks so much. We hope you and your loved ones had a great Christmas and we wish you a blessed and happy new year!

  5. Lili

    MERRY CHRISTMAS and a very HEALTHY & HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and Darcy.
    Your story was beautifully said and so very true!!! We must make choices in life and ponder and be grateful for the many blessings each of us have.
    And on behalf of all your members, THANKS to both of you as you are blessings in our lives too !!! What would we do without you both?
    This THANK YOU comes from the heart!!

    1. infoave Post author

      Thanks so much Lili. We hope you and your loved ones had a blessed Christmas. Thanks so much for your kind words. May all your dreams come true in the new year!

  6. Holly H

    Darcy and TC,

    I want to thank you both for the gifts of your knowledge and time you have given all of us WOW! Where we be with out that? We too won’t see any family this year. But as great parents now all is as it should be. My family is now making their special memories. They live in a different country so we all are thankful for the Internet and the closeness we get with families far away.

    1. infoave Post author

      Holly, thanks so much for your kind words. We appreciate your support very much. We hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas. Best wishes for 2018.

  7. James Sparks

    May God bless. Hope the new year is your greatest ever. James Sparks

    1. infoave Post author

      Thanks so much James. We hope you had a Merry Christmas. We wish you all good things in 2018.


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