One week from Christmas and we are experiencing our first snow of the year. It is very pretty, but the roads are a bit slippery. I am not done with my shopping, and I wonder how many other people will be at the stores busy looking for holiday gifts.
Unlike the previous years this year will be different for a lot of people, they will be more particular over what they are buying, being more careful with their money. There will be less whimsy and more practical gifts as we go through our selections.
It is definitely a time to be more aware of trying to give a bit more to the food banks. There stock is very low as more and more people are finding it necessary to supplement their needs as jobs are cut back or lost. If each one of us gives a little we won’t feel it, but it could make all the difference for those in need.
The Gift of Christmas
Was the night before Christmas and there’s nothing to eat,
No turkey or ham, not even a treat.
The children are snuggled all in one bed,
Dreaming of a dinner they never got fed.
And mom in the kitchen crying and sad,
Counting out change, this year’s really bad.
And who’s at the door, what could be the matter?
It’s a wonderful neighbor with a huge turkey platter.
She brought the potatoes, sweet corn and some pie,
There were so many things it made the mom cry.
And who was that, who stood so close behind her?
It was yet another neighbor, carrying toys and the cider.
Standing right next to the door the mom could see,
These very kind people brought a large Christmas tree.
They kissed and they hugged, and they hugged and they kissed,
Her kids will have Christmas she thought they would miss.
Looking out of the window, she saw one shinning star,
She knew the blessing of Christmas was not very far.
She thanked them all kindly and asked if they’d join,
Her and the children on a bright Christmas morn.
The gift was a blessing of kindness you see,
Of food and of toys and of one Christmas tree.
It made all the difference for a family with needs,
The spirit of Christmas can be found in good deeds.
L. A. Hardt
Look deep in your heart, where kindness is hidden, and share it with others, it was meant to be given.
Lu Lu Borealis