However, is Christmas just a memory? For that matter is Christmas just a one time thing that happens in December? Why not have it go from image to feeling, like art does to the spirit? A feeling that fills us every time we see or remember that sculpture or painting or building. I am not satisfied to let it be just be a one time party with gifts and food, a colorful tree and food, but a Spirit that lives in our hearts every day! Oh, I too will get tired of carols and eggnog soon enough but do we have to put our loving spirits away with the decorations?
I think of Christmas like I think of the memory of my mother, or the memory of the joy I felt when the first person referred to me as "artist". Memories that were overwhelming at the time but that I welcome every time they come to me. I used to dream about the clay spinning around on the wheel and looked forward to seeing how far I could stretch the clay before it cracked. I still weep to think of my mother, no longer here to give me her smile and hear the sound of her wisdom. But, I never want to let them go!
Like those memories and emotions, I want Christmas to be in me and about me every day. I want it to be said of me, as it was said of Scrooge, that he knew how to keep Christmas, every day.
GOD BLESS US, EVERYONE