One of my all-time favorite movies is “A Christmas Carol,” based on Charles Dickens’ novel of the same name.

As you probably recall, in the book and movie Scrooge showed his disgust for Christmas with the words “Bah, humbug!” He believed Christmas was just an excuse to spend money you didn’t have and to waste precious time in revelry and fun. Certainly a cynical view of what is for many is a joyful celebration, and a time for putting aside our differences and being just a bit kinder to our fellow humans—and to all creatures.

A few years ago I was returning home on Christmas Eve and saw one of my neighbors walking by. So I wished her a Merry Christmas. I don’t remember her exact words, but they were the equivalent of “Bah, humbug.” Since then she’s never spoken to me again, and she goes out of her way to avoid me.

I realize Christmas is a Christian celebration. I’m not Christian, but I celebrate Christmas. And I honor other traditions—Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Winter Solstice, Chinese New Year, etc. In fact, I do my best to celebrate something every day.

I know the world is filled with daunting problems and unhappy people. But if each of us individually can find something, even something small and insignificant, to celebrate every day, we help uplift and heal the world with our positive, happy thoughts and vibrations.

It’s easy to believe our small efforts don’t matter, but they do matter. As my spirit guides have said, one hateful thought contributes to the wounding of the world—and one loving thought contributes to the healing of the world.

Each one of us, standing alone, has that much power. So I say let’s use that power wisely, especially at this joyful, beautiful time of year.

At the risk of being criticized, I wish all of you a Merry Christmas, regardless of what tradition you follow or even if you follow none. May you find all the joy, peace, abundance, and love you seek, during this season, throughout the new year and beyond.

You have all been an inspiration and gift to me and my spirit guides over many years. I’m grateful to you for being a part of this work that I love. Thank you!

Love,
John

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Merry Christmas
Wind in the Willows
The Spirit of Christmas


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