Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
Christmas Eve in our home was always a special time. Our immediate family would exchange gifts on the evening of Christmas Eve and enjoy delightful Christmas snacks and treats in a quiet, peaceful, and intimate setting.
The next day, Christmas Day, would be much busier and more hectic, filled with extended family visits and “Christmas Calling” from home to home to home.
My family always looked forward to and made it a point to be together on Christmas Eve for those close and heartwarming times.
But, what if one beloved member had not yet arrived, the mantle clock tick-tick-ticking as pensive moments passed . . . .
“Love’s Candle in the Night”
She placed a candle on the windowsill,
Flickering soft and gentle light.
Waiting for love’s return,
On a dark and snowy night.
Christmas lights twinkled,
Glittered ribbons sparkled silvery bright.
While softly sifted snow fell,
Each flake divinely measured flight.
Blanketing tree and bush and road,
The snow-covered all in downy white.
No sound of breath or footstep,
Merely winter’s silent might.
Pensive moments passed like hours,
Awaiting heart’s delight.
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On this winter night.
Shapeless forms ever taller,
Drifting, rising to great heights.
Anxious thoughts and worries mounted,
Pondering love’s lost and snowbound plight.
But hope is everlasting and renewed each Christmas Eve,
When love is all around us and comforts winter’s frosty bite.
The candle flame then brightened, sending forth it’s warming glow,
For no amount of wind or snow could forestall love’s return on this joyous night.
Fear and worries then abated,
When love came into sight,
Trudging ever homeward,
Guided by love’s candle in the night.
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What can you do to spread the Joy of Christmas and share Love and Peace not only during the holiday season but throughout the year?
To all of our follower family here, my story character friend Little Red Bear and I wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas, and a Loving, Happy Holiday Season and New Year! — Jim (and Red!)
“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” – Ruth Carter Stapleton
“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” – Burton Hillis
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“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” – (Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby)