That Kind of Girl

She is the kind of girl

Who, when you call her yours, won’t hesitate

To remind you what a catch you’ve landed.

Making a fish face for only you to see.

 

She is the sort of girl

Who wears sunglasses all winter

On top of her head as an emblem

Of summer, hoping for its return,

An amulet invoking warmer days.

 

She is the type of girl who thinks

Nature exists just for her.

She shares it with you out of

Pity and a need for a boost into

Oak trees.

 

She is that manner of girl, grabbing

Your right hand and pulling

You into the center of the dance floor.

She left her chagrin at the coat check.

 

To find her, to go a little insane, to celebrate as one, to

Fumble words of comfort,

Soak up tears both sad and joyful,

You would laugh; hope; climb; dance forever if she wants you

Together against the world.

Because you are that kind of guy.

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Christmas All Year

When Ebenezer Scrooge went through his ordeal and comes out a changed man, he vowed to “honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” And he succeeded, becoming a man of love, joy , and compassion. The spirit of Christmas was in his heart all the year round. How can one be like Scrooge? How can we, living in this busy, modern, and oft times cruel world keep the attitude of Christmas all year?

For me Christmas is a time for giving. Not giving just presents or sharing a meal with my family, but of giving myself to my loved ones. As I’ve grown up (and even more strongly in the last couple years), I have come to realize that those I love needs to include to those who need help or are less fortunate than me. It is this love: from one person to another without precondition, reciprocation, or even thanks, that Christmas represents.

Keeping that kind of attitude all year long can be difficult. During the fall and spring school and work take up a lot of time. When summer arrives its time for vacations and cookouts and having fun. We get so busy with our own lives that we forget that we should be giving to others all the time. What kinds of things can you give all year in order to keep your Christmas spirit alive?

  • A word of encouragement.
  • A small token of appreciation.
  • Volunteering at a local charity.
  • Treating a friend to dinner.
  • Host a party and invite your neighbors.
  • Spend time with your loved ones doing things that you both enjoy.
  • Do something unexpectedly nice for a stranger.

These examples aren’t just things you can do during Christmas, but year-round. Just like Valentine’s Day isn’t the only time you should love your spouse and Veterans Day shouldn’t be the only time you are grateful for those who have died for your freedom, so too should Christmas not be a once in a year time to give of yourself. By embracing the idea that giving should be a selfless act and keeping in mind those who you love and are in need of compassion you can truly keep the spirit of Christmas all year long.