New Year Celebrations

For many people the last stroke of midnight on December 31 is momentous. Each year they look upon it as the starting signal to take the first step on a newly opened section of the highway of human existence. They see the whole year that lies ahead as an opportunity to be better men and women, to establish healthier habits and happier relationships. They make resolutions actually to accomplish the good that has too often before stayed in the planning stage.

While students of Christian Science may join companionably in traditional New Year festivities with friends and relatives, and respond with warmth to the general exchange of good wishes for happiness and prosperity, this particular season has for them no outstanding significance calling for material celebration. They have learned that God, the divine Father and Mother of all, is omnipresent, and that as a consequence they, and all other men and women, are perpetually at the standpoint of infinite good. They know that as the offspring of God they always have the joy of expressing the spiritual qualities of divine Principle, of infinite Love, Mind, Soul, and Spirit. They recognize that, as Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health: "Man, governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness." Science and Health, p. 246;

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