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Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Spirit ...

It seems when the holidays come along, I find all kinds of reasons to clean and reminisce.  As I was going through my photo albums, I found a book stored along with the albums that I really love.  It's title is "Leaves of Gold".  I purchased it years ago while thrifting and since I love books, especially ones with poems or quotes, I pulled it out of its hiding place and started reading.  I found a sweet verse called "Christmas Spirit" by E.C. Baird.  Now, I do not know E.C. Baird but I love what he wrote and wanted to share it with you today.

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT - I am the Christmas spirit!
I enter the home of poverty, causing pale faced children to open their eyes wide, in pleased wonder.
I cause the miser's clutched hand to relax, and thus paint a bright spot on his soul.
I cause the aged to renew their youth and to laugh in the old, glad way.
I keep romance alive in the heart of childhood, and brighten sleep with dreams woven in magic.
I cause eager fee to climb dark stairways with filled baskets, leaving behind hearts amazed at the goodness of the world.
I cause the prodigal to pause a moment on his wild, wasteful way, and send to anxious love some little token that releases glad tears - tears which wash away the hard lines of sorrow.
I enter dark prison cells, reminding scarred manhood of what might have been, and pointing forward to good days yet to be.
I come softly into the still, white home of pain, and lips that are too weak to speak, just tremble in silent, eloquent gratitude.
In a thousand ways I cause the weary world to look up into the face of God, and for a little moment forget the things that are small and wretched.
I am the Christmas Spirit!!

Isn't that beautiful?  Christmas - probably the only word in the English language that can immediately bring a smile to the face no matter the age.  The excitement that stirs in every soul - not for anticipated gifts but for the presence of loved ones, the memories of those who have passed, and for the love that both have brought to our lives. 

I wish each of you peace in your heart this Christmas season.  And much love and happiness in the coming new year.


  1. It is beautiful, Brenda! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.


  2. Merry Christmas and may you have a wonderful NEW YEAR
    Suzann ~xoxo~

  3. So pretty!

    My Entry, happy pink Christmas from my family to yours!

  4. Dear Brenda, just beautiful!! Thank you for sharing and thank you for your friendship. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and blessings in the new year.
    Love to you,
    Celestina Marie

  5. That is a beautiful poem. I love the way the Christmas reaches into all our lives and homes. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. So glad I was able to come by tonight. This is a lovely poem.
    I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

  7. Christmas blessings to you!!! May your New Year be the best ever! Such a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing sweet Brenda~

    Love to you~


  8. What a beautiful poem! Wishing you a wonderful New Year..with many blessings coming your way.
    God bless you and your family....keep painting!

  9. Hi Brenda,
    Stopping by to say hello and wish you a wonderful weekend. So nice to read this poem once again as we enter the new year.
    Hugs and see you again soon.
    XO CM

  10. Brenda,
    just realized I emailed you from my other email address and you will have no idea who is thanking you for visiting their blog!!!

    So when you see a strange thank you email it is from me!! LOL

  11. Hi Brenda, and I'm so glad you popped in for a visit. Now I say "hog heaven" too! :) I hope you'll come back to see me sometimes.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)


I am so happy you came for a visit and I love reading your comments. I hope you will check back with me often. Until then, I will be at my easel - Happy Painting.