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I'm Dreaming Of That Christmas Feeling

Updated on December 9, 2009

Christmas Is More Than Christmas Cards...

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Lets keep the loving feeling in Christmas

I was raised in a great little industrial town called West Allis, just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the States. The neighborhood I grew up in celebrated by wrapping all the ash and maple trees with white Mylar plastic with red ribbons, like giant candy canes. The called it Candy Cane Lane. They collected monies for charities from all the cars that drove by. They still do this every year, cars back up to the highway to visit that neighborhood.

What do you get besides the witness of electric lights in a varying array of colors and some teenagers dressed as elves and snowmen and one rosy cheeked Santa? You get that warm feeling, the inviting and forgiving feeling of Christmas.

There's been a veritable crusade from some Evangelicals and others over "keeping Christ in Christmas" but I don't know so much that the Prophet from Nazareth would care so much whether or not we entrust his namesake as much as he'd care that we honor the Spirit of forgiveness and renewal that enlivens this cold time of year.

Over the years I've spent less time entering the church house, though in my own eyes I've grown closer to the real church. This has been the trend with my five younger brothers and sisters as well. I recall more than once, my Father lamenting, "It just doesn't seem like Christmas."

I can't say if it's because so many of his children don't attend midnight mass. Or go hog wild with material gifts and presents. All I know is, I still feel it. The forgiveness, the Spirit of Christmas.

Now we're a few weeks from the Eve. Things are tight this year, money is being stretched thin. We're waiting until the week before Christmas to get our evergreen tree. My daughter confided in me a few days ago, "It just doesn't feel like Christmas."

We have done our best to manage. We live in a country of plenty, we get by OK. Things could be better with new clothes and tropical vacations in sight. Mostly though, I welcome this eclipse, this turning event manifested with the real Spirit, the Prophet, the Nazarene that welcomes both sides the feminine and the masculine and all the flavors of humankind. I feel it. I sense the spirit of Christmas and I do my best to share it with my family.

I pray for all the life on our planet and that we may enjoy peace during this time. All creeds, all races, all religions, to lay down their weapons and embrace the children and charity in all of us that bestow peace upon our souls.

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    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks Steve, I really am grateful for you remarks. I will put you down for one book when I'm done writing it! Life is tough, it really is, it seems to be one struggle after another. But I enjoy and am grateful for the kindness of people like yourself, and those friends and family that keep all our hearts warm. Merry Christmas in April my friend!!

      Ben

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      SteveoMc 

      8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I know it is far from Christmas, but I can't help reading your hubs, I admire your heartfelt words, and the kindness in them.......they make me think. Thanks

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thank you so much Zsuzsy Bee! I hope you have a warm (but beautifully snowy) Christmas and peace in the New Year as well! Thanks again for all of you and your cohorts kindness in the past week.

      Ben

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I sense the spirit of Christmas in this fabulous hub Ben. I wish you and your family the best Christmas ever and peace in the coming year.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      You are welcome radjfreak327! I have a very sentimental side that I try not to let run amok but sometimes it just gets out! Thank you for the kind words. I guess mostly, I wrote this article to remind people to get in touch with the Spirit of peace, instead of the details of etiquette!

      Merry Christmas!

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      radjfreak327 

      8 years ago from USA/Costa Rica

      So proud to be the first to comment on this article. Let me be sincerely honest with you. This is, without a doubt, the best Hub I've read. I LOVE the title and it is such a heartfelt and sentimental article. You really did a great job! Knowing that there are people out there that aren't afraid to write in this style, I can now unleash the sentimental in me! Thanks so much!

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