It happens every year at Christmastime. We'll be putting up our tree, carefully unpacking the ornaments collected over the years. Or we'll be arranging Mary Ann's collection of crèches that she inherited from her mother. We'll be setting out candles for a holiday dinner or walking the streets of New York, admiring the festive lights adorning the buildings. And suddenly — we'll be overwhelmed with the feeling that it's all just so beautiful.
"Beauty is God's handwriting," author Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, and perhaps no time is this more evident than during the holidays. All our senses seem to be on full alert taking in the special sights, sounds and smells.
While our appreciation of beauty may be triggered by traditional holiday activities, it has deep spiritual significance at any time.
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