He Knew How to Keep Christmas Well

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…and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed; and that was quite enough for him.

He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!

Almost every year I try to set aside a little bit of time to read Charles Dickens’ famous holiday tale, A Christmas Carol. You can see in the pictures above my favorite copy, an edition of beautifully vibrant water-color illustrations done by P.J. Lynch and put out by Candlewick Press.

This classic story is filled with a powerful lesson; it is more than a warm-fuzzy Hallmark-esque display (though, to be fair, there’s some of that too). A man is forced to reckon with his own cold heart and the consequences thereof.

I need this reminder every year. I can easily become focused inwardly for the holidays, but the birth of Christ was always meant to be a Star for all.

My challenge for me this Christmas and for you is to keep Christmas in your heart all year: turn away from our cold hearts and seek the welfare of our neighbors January through December.

Will it be said of you, “She knew how to keep Christmas well?”

 

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4 thoughts on “He Knew How to Keep Christmas Well

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  1. What I like about this blog is that it says that Tiny Tim let them “laugh and little heeded them” I love how he walks in and lets them laugh and doesn’t get down on his self a lot of people would think what is going on and do I look funny or something. I also like how you gave us a challenge throughout Christmas keep Christmas in are hearts and turn away from are cold hearts.

  2. Honestly, what you’ve said fits perfectly. I don’t know how to add to it any more than to use your words again. I especially like how in the story Tiny Tim doesn’t let anyone’s laughter bring him down, but instead, he lets them laugh knowing that everybody needs laughter and a bit of joy. Also, I like what you said about becoming “focused inwardly for the holidays” and how we as people, and especially Christians shouldn’t let that happen. We should focus on giving in every aspect in our lives. Whether it be little moments, like giving a younger sibling your controller, or giving someone your spot in line. Adding to that, as Christians, we need to give the spotlight to Jesus and remind ourselves what CHRISTmas is all about. It’s about the presents and the jolly times spent with others, sure, but what’s important is that Christmas is about how Jesus, the one true star of the show called life was humbly born in a manger, and was gifted with this divine outlook on life: that EVERYONE can be good, that EVERYONE can be saved, and that everyone can be called to the truth of God and who He is and what He wants from us. He is the Creator and Divine Savior, a friend. And He wants us to come to know Him, and love everything that He has created, looking onto life with a new sight for good, and a new perspective in that anyone can be good if they try.

    – Caleb Scott 😀

  3. I like the story about Tiny Tim and how he does not let other people get him down. then Tim starts to laugh with them letting them know that it is ok to laugh. I like the challenge that you gave to be happy and to turn away from our cold hearts.

  4. I love what you said about making Christmas an all year thing in your heart. I think that it’s very important to not have a cold heart towards anything. I love how Tiny Tim goes around laughing and shows everyone that it’s not a bad thing to show happiness

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