Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The True Spirit Of Christmas

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”
- Roy L. Smith  -

Monique posted a holiday tune over at 'A Half-Baked Notion', and added that she’d love to listen to favourites from her readers on their own blogs.


Well, there are some holiday tunes that really speak to me. Most of them are very popular Christmas carols like The Little Drummer Boy, Silent Night, Away In A Manger, The First Noel, and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day; just to name a few. And every single one of these makes me feel very emotional and nostalgic for bygone Christmases that I shared with my family when I was a child. But the song that rises to the top, and hugs my heart with its uplifting message of hope is “When A Child Is Born”.


Whether you celebrate this holiday from a religious standpoint or not, the true spirit of Christmas is the same for all of us. It is about joy and love. It is about living in peace and harmony with one other. It is about all of us coming together, near or far, no matter our differences. It is about shedding some hope into a world plagued by loneliness, sorrow and fear. It cannot be found in a store or in a stocking or under the tree. It is a feeling. A feeling of generosity and kindness and harmony. And it resides inside our heart. Every time we give, every time we bring happiness to someone, every time we promote peace...it is Christmas.


If you do not have time to listen to the whole song below, spare a few seconds to listen to Johnny Mathis’ introductory statement, which is very inspirational as he states that “The spirit of Christmas is a joyous reminder of our responsibilities as people.”



Have a wonderful Tuesday.

34 comments:

  1. I like Johnny Mathis. Silver bells, O Holy Night are some of my magical favourites!

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  2. Perhaps it's playing in the background as poor Santa gets sheared?

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    1. Poor Santa... Last time he stopped in New Zealand!

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  3. Too true! I hope the spirit of Christmas sweeps up you and your family in its loving arms and holds you all there the whole season through. Bright blessings, Bird

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    1. Thank you, Birdie! That is very sweet. I hope the holidays are just as beautiful for you and your loved ones.

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  4. beautiful post Martha! Happy Christmas :)

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  5. so much beauty in those sentiments dear Martha, it is Love what Christmas is all about....when I hear "O Holy Night" I cry, I wish that Love we feel would extend the extend of the year, you're a wonderful woman

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    1. It would be wonderful, Lorraine, if we could keep that spirit alive year round. That's what we should be doing. Imagine what a better world this would be.

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  6. Lovely reminder! That little snowman is awesome!!

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    1. That is one of my favourite Christmas decorations. I'd like to keep him around all year long!

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  7. Oh for once my sound worked, Oh Martha it's so beautiful...

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    1. I'm glad it's working so you can enjoy all the sounds!

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  8. Someone called tagged this video "bad but brilliant"?? For sure he is BRILLIANT, been sharing his gift for almost 60 years, still touring at age 78. A beautiful song choice, Martha, with so many possibilities of meaning. Too bad many have made the beauty of Christmas "all illusion now", to paraphrase the lyrics. Hope there is much Peace, Tranquility and Hope for you and all your readers this Holiday season!

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    1. It really is sad what's happening to Christmas; it's so commercialized. I am working hard at not getting sucked up in that. My favourite thing this time of year is getting together with my family. We have such a great time together. I think this song also gets to me because the message that he sings about gets lost in this world. We're still hating and killing one another. Peace is so far away....

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  9. Love your photos and of course the beautiful song. Hope you aren't snowed in there? We've got a real Christmas card city full of snow here!

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    1. It wasn't too bad, Francie. We got some snow but it wasn't crippling. I hope it doesn't get too bad over the holidays. People want to visit family, and it would be such a shame if their traveling plans were ruined because of the weather.

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  10. Wonderful photos ! I like lots of Christmas songs the up beat ones are the ones I prefer . Lots of snow here and more is on the way . It is pretty in our valley . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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    1. I really enjoy the upbeat songs when I feel like singing out loud. The sentimental ones are great for meditative moments!

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  11. We can't have too many aesthetically pleasing (photos, music, etc.) reminders of the true meaning of the season. Thanks, Martha. I'll go to your blog friend's link.

    Blessings,
    xoRobyn

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    1. You got that right, Robyn! It's becoming way too commercialized!

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  12. Great message in your post and you've asked us to do some thinking which is very good for this time of year.

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    1. This is the time of year for that type of thinking!

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  13. I could not have said it better myself. xo

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  14. Lovely post -- one always wishes it could be Christmas all year round! Two of my all-time favourite carols are O Holy Night and Joy To The World :)

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    1. O Holy Night is another one of my favourites. Such a great song!

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  15. You expressed the meaning of Christmas so beautifully, Martha. I really enjoyed this. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Tina! It's always nice to see you here.

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