Day One...December 14, 2017
Terry Paulson, PhD, CSP, CPAE
It is with some sadness that I report that this will be the final year for my "12 Days of Christmas" tradition. But after twenty years of messages, it seems the only appropriate way to take a final bow is to provide you with twelve of my favorite messages from years past. Once again we look to the coming of the Christ child; we are drawn to a need for traditions, family, friends and faith. They bind us together. I trust that the stories, thoughtful quotes and YouTube links supplied will help you and yours keep this Christmas focused on Christís coming. I thank in advance all those who through the years have sent in stories, humorous moments of mirth, and kind words of appreciation.
This year, each final message will be archived on my website, and you can see some past collections of messages by visiting that website now at
A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY..."Mary Did You Know"
There is a verse from one of my favorite Christmas songs that continues to inspire me every year. When Kenny Rogers sings, Mary Did You Know, the verse that strikes me is the one that asks, "Mary, did you know that the child you once delivered would one day deliver you?"
May we never forget that in all the talk of the baby Jesus we must never forget what he came for--He came to live and to die that we might have eternity with God. That little baby came not to be sung to but to save you and me.
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY..."My First Christmas in Heaven"
This poem was sent to me years ago from my aunt Lora's daughter Kris. Kris wrote to us: "When Mom wasn't doing very well health-wise, she sent me this poem. I got really sad at first imagining Christmas without her. About a second later, I thought what a wonderful way to remind me that when she does go to be with the Lord, she will have the most glorious Christmas ever!" When my father died, we read the same message at a memorial service on December 4, 2011. As you think of loved ones no longer with you, may it bring you comfort and an anticipation of a reunion yet to come.
I've had my first Christmas in heaven,
A glorious, wonderful day!
I stood with the saints of the ages,
Who found Christ, the truth and the way.
I sang with the heavenly choir,
Just think! I who long to sing!
And on, what celestial music.
We brought to our Savior and King!
We sang the glad songs of redemption,
How Jesus to Bethlehem came,
and how they had called His name Jesus,
that all might be saved through His name.
We sang once again with the angels,
The song that they sang that blessed morn.
When shepherds first heard the glad story,
That Jesus, the Savior was born.
Oh, I wish you had been here;
No Christmas on earth could compare,
With all the rapture and glory,
We witnessed in heaven so fair.
You know how I always loved Christmas,
It seemed such a wonderful day;
With all of my loved ones around us,
The children so happy and gay.
Yes, now I can see why I loved it,
And oh, what a joy it will be.
When you and my loved ones are with me
To share in the glories I see.
So, dear ones on earth, here's my greeting;
Look up till the day dawn appears,
And oh, what a Christmas awaits us
Beyond all the partings and tears!
MIRTHFUL MOMENT...Christmas Denominations...
This mirthful moment was compliments of Dan Poynter and first appeared in the 12 Days of Christmas in 1999. Itís worth a final readÖ
A lady in the Midwest makes a special trip to the Post Office to buy Christmas stamps for her holiday cards. The postal clerk asked, "What denomination?" The lady replied, "Good heavens, have we come to that? Well, give me 50 Baptist and 50 Catholic."
AND NOW YOUR YouTube CHRISTMAS MOMENT...
To various images of Mary and the baby Jesus, we hear Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd sing the stirring Mary Did You Know....
Remember, You can find the archived messages from this year's series on my website at http://terrypaulson.com/christmas.shtml. For now, keep focused on Christ--the reason for the season! More tomorrow...as we prepare for His coming!
Your Host for our 12 Day Journey to Christmas.
Terry Paulson, PhD