The True Meaning of Christmas
As the end of 2020 draws to a close we would like to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who support Green Sod Ireland and the work we do to promote and protect biodiversity. While we look forward a new year ahead, we are also delighted to bring a positive end to 2020, with the launch of Save A Sod – a new way to contribute and commit to protecting Irish Biodiversity. With such great response so far, we are delighted to see so many people taking action. Together we can protect our natural world and all the beautiful biodiversity within it.
We wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas. May we be blessed to remember the true spirit of Christmas – showing kindness to others. As Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Theresa) wisely said: “It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
Again, a huge thank you to you all!
Poem by the People’s Poet, Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
No favourites, but smiles for all
Who care to tread her pleasant ways
And listen to the song birds’ call.
The tulips and the violets grow
For all the world to gaze upon;
With beauty are the hills aglow
Not for a few, but everyone.Her grass grows green for rich and poor,
For proud and humble, high and low;
Beside the toiler’s cottage door
Her morning glories sweetly grow.
In palace or in tenement
Her sunbeams just as gayly dance;
No special charm to one is sent,
No favoured few possess her glance.Her skies are blue for one and all,
Her flowers for every mortal bloom;
Her rains upon all creatures fall,
For all the world is her perfume.
The rich man gets no sweeter smile
Than does the ragged barefoot boy;
Yes, all who live and love the while,
May Mother Nature’s charms enjoy.Ah, what a lesson we may learn
From kindly Mother Nature’s ways!
A smiling face we seldom turn
To strangers, when we meet their gaze.
A kindly word we seldom speak
Except unto a favoured few,
And some return we often seek
For every kindly deed we do.