Christmas Appreciation

In honor of the holidays, AHF will explore contributions to literature, film, art and other humanities disciplines in the name of holiday spirit! Or, through the art of storytelling, we will tell you our favorite Christmas memories.

Most folks admire roses. Thorns and all.

I love to hear “Remember the Rose Bowl, we’ll win then”…tears to my eyes, sweet music to my ears.

“That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, 1594.

History reveals that Native Americans used to give their children the name they had earned. Thus, a young girl might become Laughing Water, Sunshine or Timid One. A young boy might be named Running Feet, Wise Owl or Hawkeye.

As Christmas approaches, suppose we still followed that custom in 2010? Some would be Generous Heart, Helping Hand, Faithful Teacher and Lively Stone. But unfortunately, others of us would be Evil Tongue, Shirker, Unreliable and Stingy Giver.

We are fortunate that AHF has a family of donors with the same name: Engaged. Thanks to these valued and interested Alabamians, AHF can provide services and offer programs that widely increase awareness of our mission.

Psychologists tell us that one of the deepest urges in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. So, to make those whose lives touch yours really happy, tell them often and how much you appreciate them and the things they do.