Christmas All Year (EP.93)

Christmas All Year

Summary:

I am not talking about trees, shopping and giving and receiving presents. Or even travelling and baking and rushing to get things done at the last minute.

I am talking about the spirit of Christmas. Listen to another voice: “And therefore, Uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that Christmas has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. What is Fred, Scrooge’s Nephew, talking about? We all feel it at times; kindness, forbearance, friendlier greetings, placing others’ needs before ours. That Christmas smile in our hearts that translates into happiness for ourselves and those around us.

For the next 10 minutes, we will unpack what it would mean to have Christmas year round.

Transcript:

I am not talking about trees, shopping and giving and receiving presents. Or even travelling and baking and rushing to get things done at the last minute.

I am talking about the spirit of Christmas. Listen to another voice: “And therefore, Uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that Christmas has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. What is Fred, Scrooge’s Nephew, talking about? We all feel it at times; kindness, forbearance, friendlier greetings, placing others’ needs before ours. That Christmas smile in our hearts that translates into happiness for ourselves and those around us.

For the next 10 minutes, we will unpack what it would mean to have Christmas year round.

After Christmas, the post holidays slump hits. We’re tired, perhaps spent more money that we should have, and we are wondering where the energy and good feelings went. Now it’s January; no work holidays coming up, the bills are due, and the weather may not be the best. What happened? Can we fix this?

We have made Christmas into an all-important, do or die, single day event. The frenzy starts early, and builds from there. Black Friday melees, tired and frustrated people trying to do too much and focusing on one day. People going about their regular business, adding Christmas business to their loads.

Let’s hear again from Charles Dickens, this time from Marley, Scrooge’s deceased partner. “Business! cried the Ghost!”, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!” Where are, “…charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence…” as we go through the entirety of the Christmas Season? And it is not just being in business that applies here, it is the busy-ness of life in general and Christmas in particular that fits here.

Have you ever been asked, “Are you ready for Christmas?” This question is often followed by some level of lamenting and commiserating by the people involved. Why? Halloween is the second largest holiday in the US as gauged by spending. Have you ever been asked if you were “ready” for Halloween? Perhaps you were asked what costume you were going to wear, but no one asks the “ready” question. The ready question implies the enormity of the task of preparing for Christmas, and is usually asked to compare how far the questioner is behind in preparing for Christmas compared to the other person.

Why all the strenuous preparing leading up to 20 minutes of opening presents, followed by a tired slump? Why not a continual, perhaps prayerful, focus on the spirit that Dickens writes about, “…charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence…”? We’ll go to another quote from Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”

All year. Not a build up to a peak then a valley; all year. And with that focus, the Christmas spirit will increase in us over time. Maybe not always up, but the trend line will be up. And isn’t that what we want?

Here’s another Dickens quote, also put in Scrooge’s mouth. He’s saying that if we don’t change, our future will not change. But if we do change, then our future will also change. A more modern way of saying this is we can’t change how we started, but we can change who we are from here on, and how we will finish. Here’s Dickens on the subject, “Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change.”

We’ll end today’s quotes with a no less well known character, Spongebob. This is the opening stanza from, “Don’t be a Jerk–It’s Christmas”, sung by Spongebob himself.

“Bring joy to the world;

it’s the thing to do

Don’t be a jerk

It’s Christmas.”

Let’s change how we see Christmas from the one-day crescendo of presents and feelings, to the anchor, the annual reminder to have the love and warmth of Christmas in our hearts and reflected in what we do and say each and every day. Wouldn’t that change everything from ourselves, to those around us, to our nation–and the world?

At Revolution 2.0, we are here to change America. Keeping the spirit of Christmas year-round is a part of that change.

All of this ties to the core, driving principles at Revolution 2.0, which are:

  1. Personal Responsibility; take it, teach it and,
  2. Be Your Brother’s Keeper. The answer to the biblical question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” is a ringing, unequivocal “Yes.” There is no other answer.

If we apply those two core principles simultaneously, never only one or the other, we will always be on the right path. Depending upon what we face, one principle or the other may appropriately be given more emphasis, but they are always acted upon together.

The Founders were declared traitors by the British Crown, and their lives were forfeit if caught. We risk very little by stepping up and participating. In fact, we risk our futures if we don’t. I am inviting you, recruiting you, to join Revolution 2.0™ today. Join with me in using what we know how to do–what we know we must do–to everyone’s advantage. Let’s practice thinking well of others as we seek common goals, research the facts that apply to those goals, and use non agenda-based reasoning to achieve those goals together. Practice personal responsibility and be your brother’s keeper.

Let’s continue to build on the revolutionary vision that we inherited. Read the blog, listen to the podcast, subscribe, act. Here’s what I mean my “acting.”

  • Read the blogs and/or listen to the podcasts.
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Revolution 1.0 in 1776 was built by people talking to other people, agreeing and disagreeing, but always finding ways to stay united and going forward. Revolution 2.0 will be built the same way.

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Links and References

Christmas Year-Round

Love as a Pre-existing Condition

Contact

As we get ready to wrap up, please do reach out with comments or questions about this podcast or anything that comes to mind.  You can email me at will@revolution2-0.org, or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. And you can subscribe to the podcast on your favorite device through Apple Podcasts, Google, or Stitcher.

Now it is time for our usual parting thought. It is not enough to be informed. It is not enough to be a well informed voter. We need to act.  And if we, you and I, don’t do something, then the others who are doing something, will continue to run the show.

Remember: Knowledge by itself is like running a winning race, then stopping just before the finish line.

Will Luden, writing to you from my home office at 7,200’ in Colorado Springs.

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2 Responses

  1. Marsha Reply

    My favorite line in this one is “Maybe not always up, but the trend line will be up.” Yes, this is what we look for, but it takes consistency. Doing something in the Christmas spirit every day of the year.

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