Keeping Christmas – part 2


PhotobucketAccording to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. 

Female reindeer retain their antlers till

after they give birth  in the spring.

Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition 

depicting Santa’s reindeer,

EVERY single one of them,

from Rudolph to Blitzen,

had to be a …. girl.


We should’ve known… ONLY women would be able to drag 

 a fat-ass man, in a red velvet suit,

all around the world, 

 in one night and NOT get lost.

(or ask directions) 


On a serious note

(and trust me that only happens about …. twice a year for me) 

Christmas means a lot of different things to different people. Today when money seems to be no object or at least credit cards are in abundance. The real reason for Christmas seems to be lost, 


My ex used to say ( he still says it but I no longer have to listen!) 

Christmas is a time of extremes, If you’re rich you, feel richer, poor, poorer, lonely lonelier, happy, happier,

( you getting the drift here, or do I need to go on?) 


so my bit of seriousness is about to come up now…….. 


Keeping Christmas 

Are you willing… 

  • to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you;

  • to ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world;

  • to put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance, and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground;

  • to see that men and women are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy;

  • to own up to the fact that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life;

  • to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness.

Are you willing to do these things even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing…

  • to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children;

  • to remember the weakness and loneliness of people growing old;

  • to stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough;

  • to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts;

  • to try to understand what those who live in the same home with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you;

  • to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you;

  • to make a grave for your ugly thoughts, and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open—

Are you willing to do these things, even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing…

  • to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world—

  • stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death—

  • and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image 

    and brightness of the Eternal Love?

Then you can keep Christmas.

And if you can keep it for a day, why not always?

But you can never keep it alone. 

                                       Henry Van Dyke


So Have a 

Blinding Christmas 

and a 


good New Year 



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6 Responses to Keeping Christmas – part 2

  1. Jen says:

    Mandy – I just love you for this. What beautiful words and they are to be lived every day. We should never "wait until Christmas".Just beautiful. May I have your permission to print this, please?

  2. Mandy says:

    Of course Jen, just go right ahead and copy paste (although they\’re not my words of course and you can google/bing, and I\’m sure Henry would love to have as many people as possible seeing this!)

  3. Jen says:

    Thank you very much, Mandy. You with your family tomorrow?

  4. BP says:

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I had a pretty non-eventful one.I haven\’t heard from you in a while, but it did happen to see a comment you left on Doc\’s blog and thought I would drop by and say hello. I myself haven\’t been doing too much writing lately. Then again, many people would contend I have never really written anything anyway.Take care,

  5. Jen says:

    I really should swipe this text. I ain\’t done it yet!

  6. Happy says:

    Great to recall the forever Christmas message.Great visit. Thanks.

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