National Leon Day

June 25 is National Leon Day, which marks the halfway point between Christmas and Christmas, that is, the day when next Christmas is closer than last Christmas. Leon is noel spelled backward, and theoretically, on this day craters begin planning and making their handmade gifts and decorations for next Christmas. On the other hand, for those who prefer to buy Christmas presents, it is a time to start saving towards December, so you don’t have to finance those gifts all at once.

Finally, it is also a time for those who miss the winter to have Christmas in July and remember the cooler weather of Christmas and New Year. So if this describes you, get out the Christmas music and remember those cozy days when the house is decorated, and all those warm holiday smells are coming from the kitchen.

Apparently, some retailers go in for this in a big way, playing Christmas music in the stores all day. But more than retailing, nonprofit organizations, and charities may hold fundraisers to remind people that they need donations all year round, and not exclusively during the Christmas season. It can be a good time to go through your closets and find things to donate or to open your wallet to help the less fortunate.

Others can remember their own December holidays, such as Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or Yule.

As someone who loves Christmas, I am delighted to realize it is now getting closer to happening again. So celebrate today with Christmas music or Christmas movies or wearing an ugly sweater. Open up that fruitcake. Make Christmas cookies. And rejoice – Christmas is coming!

Quotes about Christmas that are good all year aound

Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you … to remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old … Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world … stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death… Then you can keep Christmas! But you can never keep it alone.–Henry van Dyke

The … challenge of Christmas is this: justice is what happens when all receive a fair share of God’s world and only such distributive justice can establish peace on earth.–John Dominic Crossan

Christmas gift suggestions from Oren Arnold: 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.

Christmas is a time to expand our giving encompassing the friendless and needy … near and far. Christmas is sharing.–Patricia Clafford

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.–Charles Schulz

Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.–Ruth Carter Stapleton

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.–Calvin Coolidge

Christmas is not just a day, an event to be observed and speedily forgotten. It is a spirit which should permeate every part of our lives.–William Parks

God grant you the light in Christmas which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth…–Wilda English

I like the Christmas that fulfills my needs … to be forgiven from greed and selfishness, to fill my empty soul with peace and compassion, for hope and faith and charity, for myself renewed and hope restored in an erring world.–Robert D. Wigert

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