Once there was a man who enjoyed the
spirit of Christmas that he decided to keep it always. So he put it in a large jar and set
it on the mantelpiece, where it gave a lovely glow all through the Christmas season.
Soon after, however, there was quite a to-do, what with
packing away the lights and ornaments and the manger scene, and getting the tree out of
the house without it shedding too many needles.
Somewhere along the line, the jar with the Christmas
spirit disappeared, and no one seemed to know where it had gone.
Months later, when rummaging about the attic, the man
discovered the jar once more; and he was shocked to find the glow was gone.
All gone! All
that remained was a small, hard, black clinker that rattled thinly as he shook it.
The man brought the jar downstairs and regarded it
thoughtfully for a long time. Then, he decided to do something about it
Before he went to bed that night, he got a little brown paper bag and filled it with some odds and ends he
hadn't used for months.
During the days that followed, he distributed these
odds and ends as he went about his daily duties:
A pinch of Good Cheer here;
A wish of
Good Will there;
Some Thoughtfulness - Some Love.
And lo! One night he came home to find his jar of
Christmas spirit glowing brightly as ever, shedding its radiance throughout the home and
into the dark night beyond.
And ever since, he has kept the spirit of Christmas