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It's a quiet here, this evening. The lights are low and twinkling on the little Charlie Brown.
The littles are (soon) sound asleep... ;)
The kitchen is cleaned up after a quick and hurried dinner and from the whirlwind and flurry of cookie baking during the day.
The cards are sent and we're enjoying the ones that trickle in through our door.
It's time to "wrap up" the shopping and begin the gift-wrapping and any other last minute details... that still need to be tended to.
Not forgetting the reason for the season, in the least.
So far, we've enjoyed caroling...crafting...
and a Charles Dickens play/production... of the "Christmas Carol".
With more activity still to come.
We're also wishing, so badly, for some snowflakes to land our way...
That'd be really nice!!
In time. They'll come...
Knowing this was coming, but never being fully prepared...
Our hearts are heavy. The last day and a half have found us thinking of more the celebration of heaven than anything else. Our landlord, Mr. A has entered his eternal home! We're sad, but happy that he is free of any pain and suffering anymore.
This man - our friend - will be greatly missed.
We're grateful, we got to visit with him as much as we have.
This could also mean some really big changes for our family, in the upcoming year!
In fact, it will.
We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, in this regard.
I'll leave you tonight with this Christmas Blessing!
“Let Every Day Be Christmas”
Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
Peace on Earth, good will to men,
kind thoughts and words of cheer,
are things we should use often
and not just once a year.
Remember too the Christ-child, grew up to be a man;
to hide him in a cradle, is not our dear Lord’s plan.
So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near,
from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year!
written December 17th 1976
by Norman Wesley Brooks
Until next year....
Emmanuel - God with us!