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I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

~ Charles Dickens

Merry Christmas, dear readers!

Here we are with another Christmas upon us. My decorations have been up since mid-November, but in my defense, I really do ascribe to the Charles Dickens quote above — I try to keep Christmas in my heart all year round.

And perhaps that is why I get so excited to decorate, and want to start as soon as I respectfully can. I’m grateful for Canadian Thanksgiving happening in October, because as soon as I take a quiet pause for Remembrance Day on November 11, there’s nothing standing in the way of me and the tinsel.

A few years ago, I told you all about why I think it’s good to let people decorate early. The winter months are dark and cold, and many of us can really use a good shot of cheeriness. This year, winter started exceptionally early, making me all the more eager to drag those red and green boxes down from the closet.

But whenever you decorate, and regardless of how much or how little you do, as long as you’reย living the Christmas Spirit, you’re okay with me.

I DO so love to pile on the decorations though. Sometimes more is more. And if there’s ever a time throughout the year to “overdo” it with beauty, glitter and merriment, I think Christmas is it.

So from my hearth to yours this year, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. As always, I encourage you to think of our Lord this holiday season, and reflect on the precious gift given to us on the very first Christmas, and to try and emulate our Lord Jesus in everything you do. Love one another. God Bless us every one.

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Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

~ Norman Vincent Peale

Bless us Lord, this Christmas with quietness of mind. Teach us to be patient and always to be kind.

~ Helen Steiner Rice

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.

~ Roy L. Smith

Christmas Eve ought to be a very joyful evening to us in all its associations, in all the truths which it naturally brings to the soul…. A man’s soul is to be as the heavens were on the night when the shepherds looked up and saw them full of angels as well as stars.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

God’s love is a gift beyond measure that surrounds us and covers us when the fire of life rains down. It is God’s love and the very reason for the season we call Christmas – or it should be.

~ Mary Southerland