December 21, 2008
What is Christmas –
“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” -- Agnes M. Pharo (1904-1985) --
Agnes Pharo was a talented artist and writer, as well as a terrific grandmother – but she is best known for the above Christmas quote. If you do a Google search for Agnes Pharo, you will come up with over 50 pages of links. Nearly all of those links share the above Christmas quote. Over the years, Grandma’s quote has been printed on many Christmas cards and posters. You will find it in several Christmas related books. It has also been printed on coffee mugs and other miscellaneous items. Since this quote is so famous, I thought I should share it with you.
1. When you analyze this quote bit by bit, I think you will discover that it makes some subtle, yet powerful, statements. No wonder it is considered to be one of the Top Ten Christmas Quotes.
Personal Notes: My Grandma Pharo has been deceased for over twenty years – but she continues to be in several of my childhood memories. I can still hear her quietly say, “Charlie” when she thought my grandpa had said more than he should have or was about to say more than he should. I don’t remember her ever having to say more. Deanna and I had been married for less than a year when Grandpa and Grandma Pharo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. I remember Deanna was very impressed when she heard Grandpa say, “In fifty years, we have never had an argument.” Well… I don’t know if that statement was true or not – but I don’t ever remember hearing them have an argument. If Grandpa’s statement was true, I would have to give 90% of the credit to Grandma.
As you celebrate the busy Christmas holidays, I hope you take time to contemplate what Christmas is really all about. Christmas is not about shopping for gifts. Christmas is not about trees, blinking lights and decorations. Christmas is not about Santa Claus. Christmas is not about family get-togethers and turkey dinners. So… what is Christmas really about?
For God so loved the world that he gave
his one and only son, that whoever believes
in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Christmas is about God's gift to us!
Very few, if any, of the things we do to celebrate Christmas are spiritual in nature. In fact, most of the things we do actually have pagan origins. I’m not saying it is wrong to hold on to some man-made Christmas traditions. I just want you to be sure you are celebrating Christmas for the right reason.
May God Bless You and Yours
this Christmas Season