I believe in recycling...old Christmas cards, and last year's Advent messages. This one has some of my childhood Christmas memories...as well as a message of hope for today and forever. Please go back in time with me...and look forward to our future as well...
|Picture is from a Christmas card received in previous years!|
Can't you just imagine what these children are saying as they stand in front of this toy store window? The little boy sees a sailboat and a pony, and perhaps a toy truck or train. The little girl sees a new baby doll or a teddy bear...or possibly a dollhouse. The older girl has her eye on a bride doll or a pretty new dress. They each have stars in their eyes and dreams of the magic of Christmas morning, when they will discover new and exciting gifts under the tree...maybe even some surprises they never imagined they might receive.
I remember those idyllic days of childhood. My older sister and I would snuggle into our beds on Christmas eve wondering what Santa was going to bring us...hoping that he had actually read our Christmas list and that perhaps there would be at least one thing we were yearning for under the tree. We found it almost impossible to close our eyes and sleep...every little noise just had to be Santa and his reindeer on our rooftop! And oh! The excitement and thrill as we actually heard sleigh bells ringing and the prancing of hooves...no matter that we learned in later years that our sweet daddy was actually ringing those bells and throwing stones on the roof to make it sound like hooves...we never felt sorry that our parents allowed us to enjoy the dream and fantasy of Santa Claus as long as we could. Those were the kinds of moments that made our childhood happy and memorable.
|Me, My Sister and Two Older Brothers on Christmas Eve,|
"Hanging our stockings with care in hopes that St Nicholaus
would soon be there..."
There was never any doubt as to what was the real meaning of Christmas.
We had been brought up going to Sunday School and Church from practically the day we were born. Our family had a strong faith and belief in Jesus...and in the child of the manger.
But we enjoyed the fun and tradition of the Christmas legends and mysteries...and our parents made sure that Christmas was always a time to be merry and bright!
|Yes, that's me...so sweet and angelic! Wonder what happened to that|
little innocent babe?
I believe God wanted to wipe away the tears and sorrow of His people...and to give them a new hope...Some ONE to redeem them from the cares of this world and to show them the way to live "out of this world" eternally!
In Isaiah 43:18-19 He said to us through His prophet:
Jesus came to earth for ME that night!
|This beautiful Nativity ornament was always on my parents' Christmas tree.|