24 december

I salute you! There is nothing I can give you which you have not; but there is much, that, while I cannot give, you can take.
  No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven.
  No Peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant. Take Peace.
  The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet, within our reach, is joy. Take Joy.
  And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you, with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away.

— by Fra Giovanni Giocondo
Fra Giovanni Giocondo (c.1435–1515) was a Renaissance pioneer, accomplished as an architect, engineer, antiquary, archaeologist, classical scholar, and Franciscan friar.  Today we remember him most for his reassuring letter to Countess Allagia Aldobrandeschi on Christmas Eve, 1513.


  1. Have a wonderful Christmas :)

  2. Merry Christmas to you Too!
    go easy on the cookies

  3. I hope you had a beautiful Christmas. And peace!

  4. I wanted to wish you a very Healthy and Happy New Year...Michelle from Nature Notes.


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