THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS

The sounds of Christmas whether from afar or places near how nostalgic they all are. Children laughing sleigh bells jingling carolers caroling church choirs singing horses clopping horses neighing footsteps crunching musicians playing church bells ringing fireplaces crackling winter birds singing skaters gliding blustery breezes blowing silent snow snowing Santa ho, ho, ho-ing. O’ the joyful sounds of Christmas, how special they are. Continue reading THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS

TWENTY THOUGHTS AND QUOTES ABOUT CHRISTMAS

Gifts given with thought and love are the basic ingredients of Christmas. What joy we feel when we allow ourselves to become, in spirit, a child again at Christmastime. The true magic of Christmas is found in the heart and not under the tree. It’s a mystery how everything becomes softer and more beautiful at Christmastime. One good definition of Christmas is……simply loving others. At Christmastime, more than any other time of the year, pieces of our heart tend to head home. Christmas is more a warm feeling than a season. In the quiet moments of Christmas comes a wonderful … Continue reading TWENTY THOUGHTS AND QUOTES ABOUT CHRISTMAS

UNUSUAL TRADITIONS DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

‘Tis the season And I have no idea Why we we spend so much time Making pretty little cookies All decorated with love and care Only to watch them be quickly devoured By hungry “elves” and “cookie monsters” Who seem to gulp without tasting Or without noticing how pretty the cookies are. I guess it’s a tradition. I have no idea Why we spend so much time Wrapping gifts in carefully selected paper With just the right color and design And topped with fancy matching bows Only to be have the packages Ripped apart and readily trashed In a pitiful … Continue reading UNUSUAL TRADITIONS DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS GIFT

He was a small shepherd boy tending a flock of sheep with his father and uncle in the fields near Bethlehem. The boy lay by the fire to keep warm. He covered himself with the royal purple blanket that his mother had woven for him for his birthday one week earlier. It was the only thing he owned and he treasured it. He thought he was dreaming when the angel appeared and told them a Savior had been born and that they should go see him. They went immediately and found the baby in a makeshift manger with his mother, … Continue reading THE FIRST CHRISTMAS GIFT

WHO IS THIS CHILD BORN IN BETHLEHEM?

A child is born in Bethlehem. Delivery is normal. Child is healthy. Visitors arrive. Everything seems ordinary. Word of the birth spreads. Suddenly things are no longer ordinary. Rumors spread. Some say angels appeared at the birth. Some say a special star appeared in the sky. Some say Kings are on their way to see this child. Some say a ruler wants this child dead. Some say something extraordinary has surely happened. Some say this is no ordinary child. Some say this child just might be the promised one. Some say hearts are now filled with hope. Some say it’s … Continue reading WHO IS THIS CHILD BORN IN BETHLEHEM?

WHAT IS THE MESSAGE IN THE MANGER?

It’s the middle of the night and I’m standing in a breezy, cold makeshift manger with droopy-eyed sheep and cattle, staring at a young couple that I never saw before huddled in one corner of the manger.   The man has his arm and cloak around her and she’s leaning against him holding a baby that looks brand new.   What a humble way to start a life, I thought.   It didn’t make sense to me and neither did the words that the other older shepherds were murmuring….. ”Messiah.”   “God with us.”   “Son of God.”   I … Continue reading WHAT IS THE MESSAGE IN THE MANGER?