Are You Ready for Christmas? Everyday?
Are you willing—
to stoop down and consider the needs and desires
of little children;
to remember the weakness and loneliness of people
who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and
to ask yourself whether you love them enough;
to bear in mind the things that other people have to
bear on their hearts; 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 for a day?
Then you are ready to keep Christmas!
-Henry Van Dyke
Photo Credit: Stewart Black