The tree is up, the Christmas poem written and ready to mail, and a few decorations here and there. Also, I have found some great CD's of Christmas music, some that I had and a couple new ones I bought. The music is probably one of my favorite things about the Christmas season.
I've probably said this before, but I want to try to focus this year on the true spirit of giving; looking for opportunities to do something for those less fortunate. I have been so blessed, and I am so thankful. I provided a couple shoe boxes for inner city kids, a project that our church does every year. Our class is trying to provide a good Christmas for a single mom and her 3 children that go to our church. But beyond that, I need to be sensitive to ways that I can be an encouragement to those who are going through hard times right now, and those who have a hard time at this season because of the loss of loved ones.
I found some quotes about Christmas and wanted to share just a few:
There has been only one Christmas--the rest are anniversaries. (W. J. Cameron)
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. (Roy. L. Smith)
Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.
( Attributed to a 7-year-old boy named Bobby)
This last one is one I found by Oren Arnold, but I liked it so well, I added some of my own. So a few of these are his, and the majority are mine.
Christmas Gift Suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness; To a customer, good service;
To a friend, faithfulness; To a child, a good example;
To those down-trodden in spirit, encouragement; To your employer, honesty;
To your spouse, your heart; To everyone, love & kindness;
To the Lord, deep gratitude for His gift of Salvation.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.