Keeping Christmas by Henry Van Dyke

Keeping Christmas by Henry Van Dyke

There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas Day, and that is keeping Christmas.  Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people and to remember what other people have done for you; to ignore what the world owes you and to think what you owe the world; to put your rights in the background and your duties in the middle distance and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground; to see that your fellowmen are just as real as you are and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy; to own that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give life; to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe and look around you for some place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness—Are you willing to do these things even for a day?  Then you can keep Christmas!