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Merry Christmas to All!

Christmas!

The very word brings joy to our hearts. 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. – Joan Winmill Brown  

Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.  - Charlotte Carpenter

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?  When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness. -  Bob Hope

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. - Oren Arnold

Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more. - Dr. Seuss

To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.- Calvin Coolidge

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. - Larry Wilde

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. – Garrison Keillor

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. – Charles Dickens

"Dear Editor--I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
"Papa says, ‘If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.’
"Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O’Hanlon
115 West Ninety-fifth Street

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the scepticism of a sceptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no child-like faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

From all of us to all of you:  Thanks for 2010, it’s been a crazy first decade, but the century is young and, as long as we have the spirit to match it – what is there that we can’t accomplish together?

Looking forward to next year’s challenges and accomplishments to come.

All our best,

Phil, Ilene, Greg and the whole team at Philstockworld!   


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  1. Phil,
      You’ve outdone yourself with this morning’s post – no mean feat. Truly inspirational!
     
      I would like to extend the Merriest Christmas and the Happiest New Year to you, Tina and the kids!!


  2. Phil: Thanks for all the posts and the truly human ideas you incorporate into them. Merry Christmas ad a Happy New Year to you and your family.
    I found an article in theis mornings Globe and Mail that might resonate with you. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/investment-ideas/features/me-and-my-money/a-different-kind-of-retirement-investing/article1848820/print/
     
    Lindsay Green has written a book on emotional investment. "You Could Live a Long Time. Are You Ready?" The Me and My Money column usually profiles investors writes about investing in friendship this morning.
     
    Gord


  3.  And what Kevin said!!


  4.  "No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood."
     
    So true, and thanks for reminding me of this. I hadn’t heard it in a while. For anyone interested, here is a page that has the original newspaper clipping and a photo of he man who wrote it in 1897.
    http://www.newseum.org/yesvirginia/


  5. Wishing you a very happy Christmas, Phil. Thank you for the great lessons you give every day, financial and human. :)


  6. Hey everybody,
    I never got to say a proper goodbye but I appreciated learning from and being challenged by you all. Perhaps, I will be able to come back someday to be part of the group again.
     
    Phil,
    …a special thanks to you for all your tutelage, mentorship, and data-driven, clear-headed truth-seeking. I have learned things from you, financial and otherwise, that will benefit me and my family for the rest of our lives. One of the primary benchmarks of psychological maturity is rising above primitive defense mechanisms in an effort to honestly embrace and evaluate information that makes one uncomfortable or doesn’t fit with pre-conceived ideologies and selfish desires. I’ve only personally known a few people so far in life that are actually good at applying this skill and you certainly are one of them. Keep fighting the good fight.
    -Aaron Clendenin, M.A., child of God, father of two beautiful daughters, novice Portfolio Manager, Certified Addiction Professional, Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, amateur mixed martial artist, and friend and brother to all who need Christ’s love.
     
    May He cause his light to shine on you all. Peace out!


  7.  A very Merry Christmas to all  !!


  8. I find this Winston Churchill’s quote appropriate in such occasion:
    "We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give"
    Best wishes to all.


  9. It is late Christmas morning here in Asia and wishing all here happy holidays and good cheer in 2011.
    On a lighter note: A 47 year old gay man was arrested in SF airport for ejaculating during a pat down by TSA. A witness said the agent spent an "inordinate amount time groping Cummings" who had multiple piercings on his manhood. What a great country huh?


  10. Phil and all -
    Our world is a brutal place for idealists and romantics. Long may you live and keep lifting up your light. Be kind to one another this Christmas, and if you have sorrow in your heart for the ones you are missing, know that you are not alone.


  11. Oops, found out Snoops rated the airport TSA report was false.


  12. Guys name was Cummings, should have given it away LOL..