“Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children;

to remember the weaknesses and lonliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if 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 thougts 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, writer


 

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