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6    Observed by material sense, Christmas commemorates the birth of a human, material, mortal babe — a babe born in a manger amidst the flocks and herds of a Jewish 9village.

    This homely origin of the babe Jesus falls far short of my sense of the eternal Christ, Truth, never born and 12never dying. I celebrate Christmas with my soul, my spiritual sense, and so commemorate the entrance into human understanding of the Christ conceived of Spirit, 15of God and not of a woman — as the birth of Truth, the dawn of divine Love breaking upon the gloom of matter and evil with the glory of infinite being.

18    Human doctrines or hypotheses or vague human philosophy afford little divine effulgence, deific presence or power. Christmas to me is the reminder of God’s great 21gift, — His spiritual idea, man and the universe, — a gift which so transcends mortal, material, sensual giving that the merriment, mad ambition, rivalry, and 24ritual of our common Christmas seem a human mockery in mimicry of the real worship in commemoration of Christ’s coming.

27    I love to observe Christmas in quietude, humility, benevolence, charity, letting good will towards man, eloquent silence, prayer, and praise express my conception 30of Truth’s appearing.

    The splendor of this nativity of Christ reveals infinite meanings and gives manifold blessings. Material gifts 263 263:1and pastimes tend to obliterate the spiritual idea in consciousness, leaving one alone and without His glory.

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