Heart of Christmas


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The Heart of Christmas is filled with the magic and meaning of the season. It helps us to see the holidays through the eyes of the child who still resides in each and every one of us, the one who might still secretly believe in Santa Claus, flying reindeer and a sleigh filled to overflowing with toys.


The Heart of Christmas turns back the hands of time to a simpler way of life when our only worry was trying to sleep on Christmas Eve.

The Heart of Christmas reminds us what it was like to be up before dawn on Christmas Day looking at the brightly-wrapped presents around the tree, the plate on the dining room table with a few crumbs left over from a cookie hastily eaten and one last sip in a glass of milk that was left out the night before. In that moment that is indelibly etched in our memories, we believed in a gentle world filled with so many unexplained wonders.

 
The Heart of Christmas displays a table to entice all the senses. Mixes of familiar aromas as serving dishes are brought steaming from the kitchen. The table itself is set with the family’s heirloom dinnerware, silver cutlery and crystal glassware. At the heart of the table is a turkey or ham prepared by following a recipe that goes back generations. The menu could be presented on any other day in the year, but this meal is special. The vegetables and meats taste different on this day and invite a second helping.

Every day from now till Christmas Day, I will feature a new holiday reading that will bring us closer to what lies at the Heart of Christmas. This page can be accessed on your computer, a tablet or your cell phone. Listen to it at your leisure and I hope you will share it with your family and friends. When the stress of the season seems overwhelming, take a moment to log on to this web page and let my readings work their magic. 
May you have the gladness of Christmas
Which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas
Which is peace;
The heart of Christmas
Which is love.

- Ada. V. Hendricks
 
Don Jackson - December 2014


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