On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my God gave to me...
His most precious gift, His Son!
As we celebrate our Lord's birth, we think of loved ones present and far away. We think of loved ones too who are absent from us but present now with the Lord.
A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY…"Priceless Christmas Gifts that Cost Nothing”
THE GIFT OF LISTENING ... But you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.
THE GIFT OF AFFECTION ... Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and hugs. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.
THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER ... Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."
THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE ... It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.
THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT ... A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job," or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.
THE GIFT OF A FAVOR ... Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.
THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE... Moms love this one! There are times when we want nothing more than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.
THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION ... The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. It's so easy to smile and say "hello" or "thank you," and it is appreciated so much.
–Contributed anonymously by Cece
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY—"Random Acts of Kindness"
It was late morning on Christmas Eve 1979 in New Orleans, when I excused my construction workers to spend the rest of the day with their families. My dump truck driver stayed behind to help with cleanup tasks and to take one last load to the landfill.
After dumping our load, I spotted a mound of greenery in the distances. My driver and I went over and found Christmas trees—hundreds of them. We’d been working in a neighborhood of homes that had seen better days. Many families could not afford a Christmas tree.
We piled two dozen trees into the truck and headed back. Word spread—“A lady was giving away trees.” Soon overjoyed children and excited parents surrounded our truck. Soon all the trees were gone.
When I returned after the holidays, I was greeted with unending hugs and smiles from children and adults alike. That day, I proved that Santa doesn’t always wear red and white. Sometimes, she wears a flannel shirt, jeans, and construction boots.
–Contributed by Peggy Wolfe, Saluda, NC, AARP Bulletin, December 2014
Are you looking for your chance to be Santa with a random act of kindness waiting to be done on this Christmas Day?
YOUR MIRTHFUL MOMENT OF THE DAY...
“There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.”
–Erma Bombeck, I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression Compliments of Al Walker
YOUR YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS MOMENT
Let’s end this years’ 12 Days of Christmas with a moving performance of Silent Night.Michael W. Smith and Little Big Town join together to spread the true reason for the season!
THIS YEAR’S FINAL THOUGHT…
Love has a name. JESUS
Love has a place. Our hearts.
Love has a story.
And it's not finished yet.
The season which
Engages the whole
World in a
Conspiracy of love.
–Hamilton Wright Mabie
SORRY--IT'S TOO LATE TO TAKE YOUR NAME OFF THE LIST---SO JUST HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
We no longer prepare for his coming...for He has come! Try sharing the Christmas story today with those you love from the source that matters, the Word of God. Read out loud Luke 2: 1-20 as part of your Christmas celebration.
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Signing off for 2014.... Let us close with the words written by Christian author Charles Dickens in 1843, and spoken by Tiny Tim in The Christmas Carol, “May God bless us, every one!”
Your Host for the Journey,