Day of Hope
Christmas is the one day of the year
that carries real hope and promise for all mankind.
It carries the torch of brotherhood.
It is the one day in the year when most of us
grow big of heart and broad of mind.
It is the single day when most of us
are as kind and as thoughtful of others
as we know how to be;
When most of us are as gracious and generous
as we would like always to be;
When the joy of home is more important
than the profits of the office;
When peoples of all races speak cheerfully
to each other when they meet;
When high and low wish each other well;
And the one day when even enemies forgive and forget.
—Edgar Guest, The Gift of Christmas