Happy Christmas!

"Happy Christmas!" On December twenty-fifth of each year this greeting is on the lips of countless persons who have determined to make this day a happy one for themselves and others. On this one day there is an effort to put aside fears and animosities, selfishness and gloom, hate and hypocrisy. "It is Christmas Day," we say; "let us have peace in our hearts and good will toward men."

Obviously in what is called an age of materialism this day of celebration of a holy nativity is in danger of becoming a merely pagan festival of merriment, rivalry of gift giving, ritualism, and sensuous indulgence, with a complete forgetfulness or ignorance of its Christian import. While the student of Christian Science will rightfully memorize the birth of Jesus, he will do so with quietude of heart and reverent joy. His human sense of merriment and simple gift giving will based on a clear understanding of true spiritual joy and God's priceless gift to men of the revelation of truth, the spiritual idea of Life made manifest through Christ Jesus.

December 21, 1946

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