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The lights of Christmas can show us the way out of any darkness.


The Lights of ChristmasChristmas for me and for many others I suspect, has had lots of “meanings” over the years.  The way it has been celebrated has changed with every generation---and will continue to change with every generation to come.

Today, Christmas seems almost inseparable from the economic well being of our country.  It is this aspect that for me is perhaps the least important of all of the meanings we give it.

There are gifts we are given for free that easily transcend any physical gift that we could ever give or get.

It is no coincidence that we have created this celebration in the darkest time of the year---a time that needs “light” in so many ways. 

We need light to find our way both physically---and in our hearts and minds. 

It functions like some centrifugal force, sending us off like a shooting star as we are born into the New Year.

The lights of Christmas can show us the way out of any darkness.


Whatever your “beliefs” may be, may the lights of the season, show you the way into the New Year!


Charles Buell

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Comment balloon 22 commentsCharles Buell • December 24 2012 07:20AM


Hope is the light out of the darkness.  I wish you a Merry Christmas

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) almost 6 years ago

Charles, I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas


Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 6 years ago

Merry Christmas to you and yours!  This was an elequent and inspiring blog!  Here's to a prosperous New Year!

Posted by Lanise Warrior-Johnson, Real Estate Specialist (Real Estate Brokers Services, Inc.) almost 6 years ago
Merry Christmas Charles! Wishing you lots of light, along with peace, joy and love.
Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA almost 6 years ago

Merry Christmas from this coast to yours! Wonderful post, Charles.

Posted by Mary Elizabeth Allen almost 6 years ago

Tim, thanks, and the same to you.

Chris, and the same to you and yours

Lanise, thanks---and prosperous in so many ways

Nancy, thanks---it is that season for sure

Mary, it is so awesome being part of AR where we get to express ourselves from coast to coast :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 6 years ago

Charles, This is beautiful.  I believe darkness is only the absence of light. The Light and the Way are always avaialbe to us. All we need do is ask and focus upon it.  Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous New Year!

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 6 years ago

Charlie,' Merry Christmas, I hope you have an awesome day today and tomorrow.


Ho Ho Ho 

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Charles, Thank you for your heartfelt thoughts. I agree with you. While we place significant focus on the economics of the Christmas season, it comes at the peril of other aspects of our lives too. Too often, we get wrapped up in the parties and presents when the focus should be kept on the reason why we have Christmas, and giving of ourselves is at the very heart of it.

Posted by Fred Sed, Your Orange County Realtor, Why? Because Fred Sed (Fred Sed Group ~ Your Premier Orange County Realtors) almost 6 years ago

Well said... The light that shines from within our hearts is the most important of all and can light up any darkness. And a few Christmas Tree lights help too! :O) Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) almost 6 years ago

I think we can thank Mr. Rowland Hussey Macy for the "economic" reasons attached to this season.  Tune in to my post tomorrow to see how he did that!

I prefer to concentrate on the reason for the season, which has nothing to do with plastic purchasing cards!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Kathleen, I also think that we can't have one without the other---they define each other in a way

Don, and the same to you bud

Fred, it all makes for the yin and yang of our lives---as soon as we focus on one thing we are drawn to focus on another---and another.

Rene, and it is a light we must kindle from within.  Wishing you and yours the best of Christmas's and a great New Year!

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 6 years ago

Jay, I think there are SO many reasons---all can be appropriate in their time---well maybe not all :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 6 years ago

You're right, Christmas has adopted many meanings.  I have heard that the early church picked December 25, because the shortest day, December 21st had passed.  From this point until June 21st it continues to get brighter.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 6 years ago

Grant, the fact is that the Christians adapted many long standing traditions to result in what we today call Christmas.  The fact that at this time of year, the transition to the "light" was celebrated and acknowleged for hundreds if not thousands of years before Jesus---by many religions around the worlld---is testament to how important this transition is to the human experience.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 6 years ago

Wishing you and your entire family an absolutely wonderful Christmas Holiday! Blessings to you and yours!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 6 years ago

What a wonderfully written post Charlie.  The Christmas season should't be about the retailers bottom line equating to the "health" of the nation.  We know that.  Those that follow the fool's gold sure don't ;-)  Many bright wishes to you and yours!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 6 years ago

Hi Barbara, the same to you and yours---have a great Christmas and New Years.

Carla, thanks---our Christmas was the most low key ever---family over for dinner Christmas Eve---and that is pretty much it.  Have a Great New Year Carla.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 6 years ago
For me this time of the year is a winding down, a time to reflect on the year past and to anticipate how to proceed into the new year. I love the Christmas lights and decorations and the spirit of the season. It's a fun time to give and receive. I seem to always have a great time during the holidays.
Posted by Frank Castaldini, Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco (Compass) almost 6 years ago
Charles - The lights are definitely part of the joy of Christmas thought I hadn't considered them leading us out of darkness before. Merry Christmas.
Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 6 years ago

Well said Charles.

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas experience.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 6 years ago

Well said my friend. May the light shine brightly for you and yours.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 6 years ago