It’s Christmas Eve – just after noon to be exact and I’m home doing Saturday chores, watching Christmas movies and reflecting.
I’ve been here 61 Christmases to be exact 🙂 and a lot has transpired over time. I’ve learned to let go of regret and look at the experiences that were less than desirable as lessons since they are part of who I am…and I like myself 🙂
While I could was rhapsodic on topics in a dozen different directions today I just want to say that I wish you the beauty of the holiday and that however you celebrate may it bring you piece, beauty and blessing.
Here are two memories to bring smile – the first
Pentatonics – Mary Did You Know?
The second – A Visit From St. Nicholas 🙂
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads
And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow, gave the luster of mid-day to objects below;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, and he whistled, and shouted, and call’d them by name:
“Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer and Vixen, “On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Donder and Blitzen;
“To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall! “Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, with the sleigh full of toys—and St. Nicholas too:
And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around, down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound:
He was dress’d all in fur, from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all tarnish’d with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys was flung on his back, and he look’d like a peddler just opening his pack:
His eyes—how they twinkled! His dimples: how merry, his cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face, and a little round belly that shook when he laugh’d, like a bowl full of jelly:
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laugh’d when I saw him in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, and fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprung to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, and away they all flew, like the down of a thistle:
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight— Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
~ Clement Clarke Moore