Saturday, December 17, 2011

CHRISTMAS PREPARATIONS

Like many of you I'm getting ready for Christmas.  Made a batch of candy yesterday and am making Chex Mix today.  Tomorrow may be the day for Christmas cut-out cookies, not sure.  I'm really enjoying all the prep this year, a perk that comes from the leisure of being retired.  Also, the fact that my husband is willing, ready and able to help me is the real key ingredient and he knows that I really appreciate it.

I have done my traditional Christmas letter this year, always a joy to review the events of the past year. Haven't received many cards so far this year but I think fewer and fewer people send cards out.  Along with my Christmas letter I included the following poem.  I hope you enjoy it and consider it my Merry Christmas to you all.

FOR YOU AND ALL THE EARTH
by Patty Lynn

"Oh, Christmas is for children,"
Or so the saying goes.
Such happy faces, sounds of glee,
Ol' Santa's bright, red nose!

But also it's the time we spend
With family and friends
The candles flickering, tree so bright
The cards we like to send.

But what about the Christmas Child
Born on that star-lit night?
The awe-struck shepherds, overwhelmed,
To see that wondrous sight!

Why is it we can put aside
What we should ne'er forget?
How is it we're consumed instead
About what we'll regret.

For isn't it of worldly things
That we all should be wary?
And buying this and buying that's
Not what makes Christmas merry?

It's not the tinsel, wreath or tree
The presents wrapped in splendor
Nor carols by the fireside
It is the Babe so tender.

For yes, indeed that tiny Babe
Born just to set men free
God's grace and love was born that night
That birth for you and me.

So as you shop and food prepare
Your family expecting
Remember why we celebrate
Make sure you're not rejecting...

The reason for this holiday
Your Savior's humble birth
God's Son was born that holy night
For you and all the earth.

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