Happy Sunday, everyone! Here’s a heartwarming quote from A Christmas Carol, my annual Christmas read, about the true nature of the season, as well as a pic of my favorite character from The Muppet Christmas Carol, Homeless Bean Bunny:
“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,’ returned the nephew. ‘Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Spoken by Scrooge’s nephew, this quote has always been one of my favorites, especially in my favorite version The Muppet Christmas Carol. I think it’s so relevant this time of year when we all tend to be selfish, harried, and materialistic, all things that are directly contradictory of the true spirit of Christmas. And while I love buying presents for my friends and family, it’s definitely gotten out of hand as a culture. Cutting back on the presents and focusing on quality time with family and especially on acts of kindness and generosity has been my goal this season.