To the Angels among us

Posted On December 17, 2006

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A quick study of Angels finds these heavenly messengers in some form in nearly all religions of the world.

The word Angel comes from the Greek word Angelos which means messenger. The Ancient Greeks had Hermes and Eros, better known as Cupid, sending messages between gods and men.

In tribal societies, Shamans take wing to search for the souls of those they help. Buddhists have bodhisattvas helping others in their path to enlightenment. Hinduism have devas who act like angels. Angels abound in Jewish texts. In Islam, angels are mentioned in the Qur’an as “walking about in peace and quiet.”  

Of course, many of us are familiar with the Christian Angels including the multifaith Angel, Gabriel, who let Mary know of the Christ child’s arrival at Christmas. It’s fair to say that human beings find comfort in these otherworldly guides who choose to come among us and guide us towards the right path.

Many people can share stories of beings who have come to guide or save them when they were in jeopardy, a rescuer in an accident, a warm hug after a tragedy, a sign when we couldn’t see out of the darkness.

Whether it be the Holy messenger Angels of one’s faith or the ordinary angels of daily life, these beings all work to make our world a better place and inspire us to goodness. So during this Christmas Season, I wish everyone much Peace, Joy, and Happiness. May there be many angels in your life.

Gifts we count on every Christmas

Posted On December 11, 2006

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The title may be misleading. Especially if the whole article is not read completely. Deeply and digested. The article is a brilliant one. Please do read it.

Here’s a few quotes >

Milk and cookies for Santa. Mistletoe. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Frosty. Bah, humbug! Children lining up to see Santa. Children dressed as angels singing “Silent Night.”

These are the traditions of Christmas.

And these are the eternals: We tell the same stories, “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger.”

And we sing the same songs, “Away in a manger, no crib for a bed.”

And we read the same books, ” ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house . . .”

We celebrate the same way, year after year after year.

We tell new stories, too. But we keep the old. It’s why Christmas stays the same. And why a little bit of us stays the same, too, why we grow up but never give up the possibilities that Christmas brings.

Here’s the link > Gifts we count on every Christmas

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted On December 5, 2006

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PLEASE NOTE > With immediate effect

Christmas Spirit will be making a few changes in relation to its CATEGORIES Listings.

For the next few hours, we shall change (adding new ones and deleting old ones) our categories’ listings.

Although we would love to honor each individual country as well as its citizens, by listing the country’s name onto our categories, this task has proved to be not practical.

Therefore for practical reasons we are making these changes, based on major geographical regions and listings. This will be applied to both our TRAVEL and NEWS sections.

We apologise for any inconvenience we may cause during your surfing the Christmas Spirit blog and thank you for your kind understanding.

UPDATE >>>>>>

Thank you very much for your patience, while we were updating our categories as mentioned above.

Both tasks, the TRAVEL category and the NEWS category, have been finalized. We trust that these changes, do provide you a more friendly-to-navigate blog as well as a more easier way to browse and locate the exact category you are mostly interested in.

Once again thank you for your patience and we do appreciate your interest.

Enjoy the Christmas Spirit!

Editorial Opinion > What’s happening to the world? Quo Vadis World?

Posted On December 1, 2006

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What’s happening to the world?

Why the hate against Christmas? Why the hate against Traditions and Religion? Why the world is banning Christmas?

CHRISTMAS!

A magic word! Alas, it’s loosing its meaning though. In the Americas and now in old Europe.

No matter if Christmas Holiday Season and the New Year’s Celebrations became so enormously commercialized, Christmas is still here. And will always be, forever and ever!

Why do you, world, change the name of Christmas and instead of joy you spread hatred and hostility?

Why do you, world, instead of simply wish “Merry Christmas” you wish “Happy Holidays”?

Why do you, world, instead of showing respect to your religion and traditions, you try to change and show your disrespect in dispute?

Why do you, world, instead of accepting the basics of humanity, you show your fear? If you, world, feel fear, try to overcome it by accepting this simple fact of life > you are a God’s creature.

Why do you, world, do this? Quo Vadis World?

Whether you are a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, or an atheist learn to show your respect. Respect is gained not dictated. Win respect from others by showing your respect to them. Respect others traditions so that your own are respected by them.

Respect Christmas, World, you fool world, the only things you know and do are wars. Stop them, you fool world. Embrace yourself, you fool world. Learn and show the Joy, the Peace, the Freedom, the Democracy, the Justice, the Brotherhood, the Love!

Learn and Respect, you fool world! And learn this too: Those are the true and real meaning of Christmas! The Christmas Spirit that you forgotten!

Quo Vadis World?

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Is Christmas Spirit all about love?

Posted On November 28, 2006

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AN OPINION > Answers are seeked > Feel free to add your comments!

Love is a many splendored thing

In “A Christmas Carol” Ebenezer Scrooge is a wealthy man who has no love, but he has an epiphany and turns himself around. What would make people turn around today?

That’s a good depiction of what it’s like to separate ourselves from love. Scrooge had love in him, too, but instead of showing love he showed his own fear of people. He was able to turn around by seeing that love was there for him.

Human beings don’t always have to hit bottom like Ebenezer Scrooge did, but oftentimes they’ll spend years chasing their own tails, chasing love down, making it conditional. Some people are stingy with their love. They won’t give it, but they want it. Think love, give love and express love. Then you feel love, too.

Tell us how you plan to spend your Christmas Eve

Posted On November 13, 2006

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In many ways, Christmas Eve is more magical than Christmas Day.

The December rush is finally over and now it’s your chance to savour the moment with family and friends.

Maybe you bundle up and take a walk outside before settling down for cookies and a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Or maybe you snuggle with your one and only and just enjoy the calm.

Maybe you head to church for midnight Mass and then come home and unwrap your gifts.

What are your favourite Christmas Eve traditions? Let The Christmas Spirit know what you have planned for December 24. We might feature your comments in an upcoming special festive edition of The Christmas Spirit.

Send your comments marked with “My Christmas Eve Plans”. 

Please include your first name and your country (and if you wish, your town) of residence.

Α recipe for Christmas Joy

Posted On October 21, 2006

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ingredients >
1/2 cup hugs
4 tsp kisses
2 cups smiles
4 cups love
1 cup special holiday cheer
1/2 cup peace on earth
3 tsp christmas spirit
2 cups goodwill toward man
1 sprig of mistletoe
1 medium-size bag of christmas snowflakes (the regular kind won’t do)

  • procedure >
  • mix hugs, kisses, smiles and love until consistent
  • blend in holiday cheer, peace on earth, christmas spirit and the goodwill toward men
  • use the mixture to fill a large, warm heart, where it can be stored for a lifetime (as it never goes bad)
  • serve as desired under mistletoe, sprinkled liberally with special christmas snowflakes
  • it is especially good when accompanied by christmas carols and family get-togethers
  • serve to one and all

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