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To yourself, respect. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself.

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To crown us with the joy of heaven. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home. It is more than that. It is a time for the contemplation of eternal things. The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving. Of peace on earth, good-will to men! This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.

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It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. The good you do for others is good you do yourself. All else is outward display—so much tinsel and decorations. I was never alone at all.

And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love. Then you can keep Christmas.

First: What do you want to give to others for Christmas? Second: What do you want for Christmas? The first fosters generosity of heart and an outward focus. The second can breed selfishness if not tempered by the first. The very word brings joy to our hearts.

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No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given—when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance — a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.

May God make you very rich in both. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. They give a temporary sense of family to Americans who are starting families later and later, or whose family members live far away. And the small-town communities portrayed in Hallmark movies, in which neighbors know one another, offer some respite from our increasing sense of isolation , which is even greater in densely populated places.

So, yes, Hallmark movies are cheesy. They need more diversity and could do a better job of making their protagonists well rounded women. But their real magic, beyond the fake snow and the cherub-faced actresses, lies in giving us a sense of what we desire most at Christmas: to set our busyness aside for a while to spend time with the people we love. I use to like Hallmark movies also but no more. Too me it is ridiculous to keep saying how wonderful Christmas is and never mention the reason we are celebrating. I too used to enjoy these Hallmark movies, but their unrealistic nature defies credibility.

Where are these fictitious children who are positively enraptured by family-friendly activities such as: decorating Christmas trees, making Christmas decorations, making snowmen, building and decorating gingerbread houses, or decorating cookies?

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They're not interested in any 'family' type activities, nor are they interested in the social lives of the adults in their lives. Even the workplaces depicted in these movies are ridiculous: people with real jobs barely have time to exchange words with colleagues, much less indulge in spending time and money to find the perfect Secret Santa gifts for them.

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Besides the severe lack of diversity in not only ethnicity but size, shape, appearance and physical disabilities, everything depicted is wholesome and trusting. No, no, no. Those of us who grew up in wildly dysfunctional homes - like mine, where my father was a falling-down drunk - not only don't like Christmas and cheesy movies I can't change my Christmas Past. The way for me to get through Christmas Present is to do the holy day uniquely. I have resented from my youth, those who "seemed to" live in Hallmarkland for Christmas.

Schmaltz doesn't make anything any better. Enjoy all you want, but please remember that there are some who don't, and never will. Something needs to be done! Three days of darkness!

Tidal waves! Fire from Heaven! Cities of skyscrapers all destroyed -- the only survivors are pro-life protestors in front of Planned Parenthood; simple devout Catholics scattered over the earth who say the daily rosary; downtrodden Persecuted middle eastern Christians; Chinese Catholics under the Communist heel, and some old devout priests in old-folk's homes. These are all miraculously protected by their guardian angels, in houses where only blessed wax candles will burn. Surprise developments include the preservation of many pagans and good people who never heard the Gospel. Most of these are cast into a deep coma until the chastisement is over.

They awake bewildered but grateful to be alive. Healthy forests and plains greet the survivors. Animals, birds, fish start to breed and repopulate the land and sea. The human race returns to an agrarian way of life, with large families. Civilisation is saved!

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Let's not be Grinches about this. These movies are like Hershey's kisses, nondescript chocolate that you nevertheless can't stop once you start. It's a niche. At least there's something my elderly mother can watch where they aren't a-humping and a-cursing and a-slaughtering. And they do sneak a little Christ into Christmas via the religious Christmas Carols. They even had a story where the guy love interest was a soldier who went to church before and after deployment.

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