This year’s Christmas message is actually one I am recycling from 1996.
I came across this one written and dedicated to my children. The inscription reads:
Dedicated to A….and G….. That they will always remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Our daughter was 16 years old and our son was 13. I believe I stuffed this poem in scroll fashion into their stockings. A Merry Christmas indeed!
Assembling the Manger, all golden and bright
Decorating the house with boughs and lights
Helping my sister trim her tree
Then chopping our own, hoping all agree.
Receiving cards and pictures from friends new and old
The excitement of opening them stiff from the cold
Lining them on shelves for all to see
While stuffing the special ones deep in the tree.
The smell of roast turkey and candles burning
The motorized ornaments slowly turning
Welcoming family and old friends alike
Excitement mounting for the wonderful night.
More than the exchange of gifts and toys
A time of celebration and lifelong joy
The true meaning lying there deep in your heart
A time for togetherness; never, ever being apart.
Tiny gestures of love; and kind words spoken
Gifts of good deeds; soothing hearts that are broken
Opening your arms to one needing a hug
Sharing laughter and cider in an old Santa mug.
Singing carols with the choir on Christmas Eve Night
Classics like “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Oh Holy Night”
Memories of our own childhood flickering past
The years have flown by only too fast.
Watching our children sharing their love
Praying for their blessings from God above
That in their hearts they will continue sharing
Gifts of family, with good health, and tender caring.
By: ELR Christmas 1996