The Christmas Ten Commandments

1.    Thou shalt give thy heart to Christ. Let Him be at the top of thy Christmas list

2.    Thou shalt prepare thy soul for Christmas. Spend not so much on gifts that thy soul is forgotten.

3.    Thou shalt not let Santa Claus replace Christ, thus robbing the day of its spiritual reality.

4.    Thou shalt not burden the shop girl, the mailman, and the merchant with complaints and demands.

5.    Thou shalt give thyself with thy gift. This will increase its value a hundred fold, and he who receiveth it shall treasure it forever.

6.    Thou shalt not value gifts received by their cost. Even the least expensive. It may signify love, and that is more priceless than silver and gold.

7.    Thou shalt not neglect the needy. Share thy blessings with many who will go hungry and cold unless thou are generous.

8.    Thou shalt not neglect thy church. Its services highlight the true meaning of the season.

9.    Thou shalt be as a little child. Not until thou has become in spirit as a little one art thou ready to enter into the kingdom of Heaven.

10.    Thou shall not forget to share your joy, hope, peace and faith with those around you.

What Do You Want for Christmas

I want to see the truth and beauty, love and inspiration that is all around and inside of me. I yearn to live from my soul moment to moment, greeting each joy and challenge with the fullness of my being. In the depths of winter, I want to find the light through and beyond the darkness. And it’s not exclusive to midwinter either, it’s my gift for the whole year through!

This touching video beautifully shows children expressing what they truly want for Christmas: love, connection and time with their parents, above any other gift! Seven year old Bobby captured the deeper meaning of Christmas wonderfully when he said “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas, if you stop opening presents and listen.”

May you find and express your hearts desire and your souls longing this midwinter solstice period, in whatever way is right for you. May you be full with love, joy and inspiration this festive season and into the new year.