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Wednesday, December 26, 2012



One of the great things about love ...

is that it grows in ever larger ripples when shared.

One shares with another, then that heart touched by love shares, too.

One becomes two. Two becomes four. And four becomes eight.

Not every heart which receives, gives, of course.

Who of us has not received compassion and felt the better for it?

We are let into a busy traffic line, and we wave thanks.

But do we give it? Do we let another in somewhere else down the line?

Or do we just go on our way, too much in a hurry to return the favor to a stranger?

Have we received compassion, wisdom, kindness repeatedly from a friend, but then have been hurt by that same friend?

Can we find it in ourselves, that after taken so much, to give one thing ...

the benefit of the doubt,

to trust in the past acts of friendship to give ...


That is the secret of Boxing Day, celebrated in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom ...

to give from the surplus that we have received on Christmas Day.

One of the clues to Boxing Day's origins can be found in the Christmas Carol, "Good King Wenceslas."

Wenceslas, who was Duke of Bohemia in the early 10th century, was surveying his land on St. Stephen's Day — Dec. 26 —

when he saw a poor man gathering wood in the middle of a snowstorm. Moved, the King gathered up surplus food and wine

and carried them through the blizzard to the peasant's door.

Christmas love and magic is better when shared.
Just like laughter is somehow more than doubled when the joke or funny movie is shared with a friend.

What is more beautiful than a unicorn in the snow?

Two unicorns racing through the flurry of snowflakes together.


  1. Unicorns are beautiful creatures. I love paintings of them done up like this.

    Just taking a look at your "Burnt Offerings." That is some cleavage on the cover! Very "eye-catching".

  2. Michael:
    Hey, it's only 99 cents and there are other illustrations equally as "eye-catching" on in the inside.

    I love unicorns, too. Now, if only I could convince one to take me on my blood runs! :-)

  3. I'm sold. I got some gift certificates on Amazon to use. I read one of your books, but haven't gotten around to reviewing it yet. I'm so behind on things. I need organizational skills.

  4. As I was transferring birthdays onto my new wall calendar, I saw this Boxing Day holiday and wondered what it was. Thank you for the lesson!

  5. Merry Christmas and a very happy new year to you, my friend. And thank you for that post - it's a very important reminder, and I'll be looking to fulfil this in the coming days.
    Love Laura x

  6. I have not been curious enough to find out the meaning of Boxing Day. Now I wish I had. This is rather nice, a basic RAOK day pretty much.

    And usually, when someone has let me in the line, I tend to follow the "pass one and let one in" philosophy.

  7. I just learned about Boxing Day on another blog. I'd never heard of it before now. I would love to celebrate this next year.

    Thanks for the beautiful post and enjoy your holidays!

  8. Thanks, Michael!
    I hope you enjoyed the book of mine that you read. And after the holidays, we all need organizational skills!

    My mind is ever curious, poking and peeking at things unknown. If I were a cat, I would have used up all 9 lives already! Thanks for visiting and come again.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and Donna's.

    Glad to see you here. I have been helped so often when disaster struck that I feel compelled to help others when I can!

    There are so many scientific disciplines and geographical wonders and interpersonal mysteries that there is so much I do not know that you could rightly say I do not know anything!

    You are like me in that I try to pass a kindness forward as soon as it happens to me! :-)

    Thank you for the beautiful comment. Let's celebrate Boxing Day each day of the New Year shall we? :-)