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The Spirit of Christmas
(Christmas - Part 2)

"...If there is love in your heart and your mind
You will feel like Christmas all the time

I feel you Christmas
I know I've found you
You never fade away
The joy of Christmas
Stays here inside us
Fills each and every heart with love.."

(Faith Hill, "Where Are You Christmas?" from the soundtrack of "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas")

Snowflakes drifting in the cold and still winter air. The glow of streetlights play off the the big silver flakes as they fall to silently to the ground. It's Christmas eve, long ago. I walk down the quiet street holding the hand of my six year old son and it doesn't get any better than this. I think that this is what life is all about. I say to my son, "You know that I could tell it was Christmas eve even if I had no calendar?" and he looks at me with those wonderful, trusting eyes; the kind only a child has. You know the look: Full of wonder, hope and trust. He says "How dad?" And I tell him because on Christmas eve the world takes a break from itself and is peaceful and the quiet is a certain special kind of quiet that only happens on Christmas eve. And he believes me. And, I really believe me too. He squeezes my hand and moves closer to me. It is Christmas eve and the world is such a beautiful place.

I realize that the magic we created together on those Christmas eves so long ago was created in our minds only; but to us, it was and is as real as anything can be. Sometimes, it seems that the magic is gone. For, it is true that the world has changed much since then. Now my kids are grown, and those magical Christmases and Christmas Eves of long ago lie sleeping in some forgotten part of my mind waiting to be awakened by a glimmer of thought or a tiny sliver of a memory. And, every Christmas, they start glowing again as memories, beautiful and cherished, are rekindled by the Spirit of Christmas. This year, I will try not to let them go back to sleep when Christmas is past. I will try to keep them shining always. I will try to keep the Spirit of Christmas with me all the days of my life. I will try to count my blessings and to be thankful for the things I do have instead of wishing for the things I don't have.

You are among those most cherished of blessings. Those of you who have supported our sites by subscribing to our newsletters, using our stationery, telling friends about us, purchasing our products, participating in our forum or just visiting our sites, are all are blessings to us. We will always count you among our blessings. Without you, Cloudeight would be just the dream of a couple more consummate dreamers lost in a Web of innumerable sites. You all are a blessing to us. We thank you sincerely for all you have given to us: Your support, your kindness, your advice, and your loyalty. We are deeply honored and will always strive to do our best to be deserving of you.

We both wish you and all those you hold dear, a very blessed Christmas. A Christmas filled with the Light, Spirit, and Love of Christmas. May all of you, regardless of your religion, experience the joy and peace of the true Spirit of Christmas. We hope that you will spend time with those you love and cherish always the memories you will surely make. We hope you will reflect upon and be thankful for the many blessings you undoubtedly have.

And, we hope this year you will give the one gift that every single one of us can afford, the greatest gift of all: The gift of love. It is the gift that doesn't cost a thing;  yet is priceless. It will never have to be returned, it will never be the wrong size or color, it will never be outdated; it will never break, tarnish, or need to be repaired or replaced.

Christmas is what we choose to make it. It transcends the narrow manmade boundaries of race, creed, and religion. The Light of the Spirit of Christmas and the teachings of Jesus shine upon us all regardless of our religion or lack of it.  At Christmas, those who choose to let the Light and Spirit of peace, compassion, forbearance, forgiveness, faith, hope, charity, and goodwill toward all mankind shine in their lives, will be blessed by the true "Spirit of Christmas". And, the light of that Spirit can truly light the world.

Merry Christmas and God Bless Us, Every One

Thundercloud and Eightball

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