Christmas Message

December 22, 2012

This will be my last post before I sign off to spend the holidays with my family and friends.  I want to thank all of you for your loyal readership and your unending support.  It, you, mean more to me than I could ever adequately express.  Below is my Christmas message to each of you and your families.  The poem was written by the American writer and poet Max Ehrmann in 1927.  Since I discovered it in 1978, it has been one of my most treasured.  This beautiful work has brought me much comfort over the years and I often find myself recalling the message within the stanzas.

My Christmas wish for all of you is that you find joy and happiness this season, that you are always blessed with the comfort of a loved one and that you carry the message that Max Ehrmann desired for all, within your heart.  Not just at Christmas, but throughout your lifetimes.  Most of all, I wish you and your families, Peace.

Final Christmas Plate (2)


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.  As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.  Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.  Avoid lout and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.  If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.  Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.  Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.  But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.  Especially, do not feign affection.  Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.  Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.  But do not distress yourself with imaginings.  Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.  Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.  And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe if unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.  With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is till a beautiful world.  Be careful.  Strive to be happy.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Charlene December 22, 2012 at 9:44 am

Beautiful! Merry Christmas. Looking forward to seeing your creations in the new year.


Rita December 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

Dear Paula, thank You for this great Christmas present. Your Christmas message is a lesson to live our lifes loving people, treasuring the beauty of life. Merry Christmas to You and to all your family, to everybody who reads this beautiful message.


Betty Ann @Mango_Queen December 22, 2012 at 10:24 am

What a beautiful message and lovely post! Thanks for all your kind comments and warm support. Your encouraging words have meant a lot to me, too. Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year, Paula! And thanks for the nice blog visit :-)


Renee - Kudos Kitchen December 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

Peace On Earth and Joy to YOU!
Sending you much love this Christmas season and best wishes for a happy, healthy, creative new year!!!


Melissa December 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

Merry Christmas, Paula! Your support, your encouraging words on my blog, and your kindness me more to me that you would ever know too! I love the message you shared today. Such an eloquent reminder…Have a wonderful holiday with your precious family!


Karen @trilogy edibles December 22, 2012 at 11:05 am

Merry Christmas Paula! Love you


Mike @ Semi Sweet December 22, 2012 at 11:26 am

What a beautiful message, Paula! I’m thankful to have connected with you (via the Internet) and loved all your supportive comments on my blog. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and I wish you the best in the New Year!


Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} December 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

What a beautiful post and poem. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! xoxo


Melissa {Simply Sweets by Honeybee} December 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm

That is just beautiful! Merry Christmas!


anita December 23, 2012 at 2:37 am

Paula, beautiful cookie, lovely message, amazing woman. Have a joyful celebration!


sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more December 24, 2012 at 8:13 am

Merry Christmas:)


Paula December 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

And a Merry Christmas to you too!


Nina December 25, 2012 at 4:07 am

Such a lovely Christmas poem, wishing you a Merry Christmas & joyous holidays with your family, Paula!


Kristina - paddle attachment December 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Merry Christmas, Paula. As always, so wonderful to “know” you…. Kristina


Lora @cakeduchess December 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Such a beautiful Christmas poem, Paula. I wish you a very Merry Christmas holiday and time off with your sweet family and wish you a beautiful New Year:) xx


Jacquee December 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Such a lovely post and message, Paula. You have been such a great support this past year and I truly appreciate YOU. Hope you had a wonderful christmas with the family. xoxo


The Partiologist December 29, 2012 at 10:29 am

Such a beautiful cookie and what a beautiful message! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and wish you many blessings in the new year!


Amanda December 31, 2012 at 1:09 am

I hope your holidays went well!


JulieD December 31, 2012 at 6:34 pm

So beautiful, Paula!! Happy New Year to you and your family!! xoxo


Sue {munchkin munchies} January 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm

What a beautiful cookie and message! Have a wonderful year, Paula!


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