Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Perfect Gift

Christmas 2014
I remember as a child the anticipation I felt waiting for Christmas and Santa. I didn't worry about shopping for that perfect gift for anyone. The beginning of the Christmas season was not marked with sales and shopping at the mall. Nope....for me it was the night that a Charlie Brown Christmas came on TV.  From then until Christmas Eve, I marveled in the lights and sounds and smells of the season. As children, we were wrapped in the knowledge of our Savior's birth. I had such warm feelings in my heart.  Today, I believe that feeling to be the love of Christ and the feeling of goodwill.

Some years ago, I wrote a newsletter for our Sunday school class. And as I sat here this morning, looking at my Christmas tree, I remembered a short article I wrote for one of those newsletters pondering the same thoughts and feelings.

From the Agape News, December 1995:

The mere utterance of the word conjures up memories of the sights,
Christmas goodies and turkeys roasting in the oven.
The clatter and clanging of the malls.
The hustling and bustling to buy that perfect gift.
But as good as the memories may be
and as we prepare and anticipate another Christmas season,
ponder these questions for a moment.
What does Christmas and the Christmas spirit really mean to you?
Is it really all of the above?
Or, could it be that the true spirit of Christmas,
the way you feel at Christmastime, good will toward others,
is the way God's Spirit really is?
We hope that as you celebrate this holiday season,
you truly understand the real meaning of Christmas.
And that your homes are full of love for your families
and for the Wonder and Awe of our Lord and Savior's Birth.
I have so many reasons to be happy this Christmas and I will wallow in them all. My children and grandchildren are on the way home to spend Christmas with Cliff and me. I can't wait to wrap my arms around Lidia and Sawyer.
Last night, Mama and I were discussing the menu for Christmas Eve. She said that she was thinking about not cooking collards this year, which is her specialty. I nearly went into convulsions! She then told me that she thought better of it and that she would add them to the menu. I exclaimed, "Good, because no collards at Christmas would just be blasphemy"! She giggled and we hung up. Well, I just got a call from her and she said, "I just want you to know that there will be no blasphemy at my house on Christmas Eve, I just finished cooking the collards".  Ha!  She so gets me!
Well, wrapping up, I just want to wish you all a Christmas full of peace and joy, love and goodwill. And, I hope that your new year will be filled with abundant blessings.
Merry Christmas,




  1. I have never tasted collards and wouldn't recognize them if I saw them, but I love that they are a symbol of the season to you.

    Our son is newly engaged and his soon to be family is all about Christmas Eve. That works out great because we are all about Christmas Day. Each family embraces the holiday in a different way.

    Enjoy your grands and your collards. I hope to have grands one day, but I don't think we will ever add collards to our Christmas.

  2. Oh Carol, you don't know what you're missing! Collards are a staple in southern cooking. They are similar to kale....I bet you've had that. I will enjoy them at Christmas and I sure do hope you have some grands soon. There's nothing like them.

  3. Jack's mom was a southern gal and she made delish greens! I miss her so much at this time of year. Have a very Merry Christmas!

    1. I hope she passed down her recipe for you. Cherish the memories. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  4. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  5. Laurie, your tree is so beautiful! I know how you feel about having the family together during the holidays. Even though I get to see my grands on average one or two times a week, since they all live within a few minutes drive from our home, I still enjoy wrapping my arms around them every time I see them. There is just nothing in the world like that feeling that fills a grandmother's heart when she embraces a grandchild. Your Christmas post is spot on and I love the newsletter from 1995! The true Spirit of Christmas is, in fact, that of the Holy Spirit which is with us, as believers, not only at Christmas but at all times! It is this that gives us hope and comfort, not just at the time of year when we celebrate the coming of the Messiah, but at all times. Being certain of that is such a blessing! It will be exciting to see what the new year brings. My prayer for you has been that you will experience the best life has to offer in 2015!

  6. Thank you, Lynn. We had a wonderful Christmas with family. I'm sad to see it come to an end. Everyone will be gone back home by tomorrow. I miss them already. Thank you for your prayers. And I pray you experience the best life has to offer as well.