Sitting Under The Mistletoe
Sitting under the mistletoe
One last candle burning low,
All the sleepy dancers gone,
Just one candle burning on,
Shadows lurking everywhere:
Some one came, and kissed me there.
Tired I was; my head would go
Nodding under the mistletoe
No footsteps came, no voice, but only,
Just as I sat there, sleepy, lonely,
Stooped in the still and shadowy air
Lips unseen – and kissed me there.
Christmas time is here
Santa's on his
and lots of love
Filled up in his
Watch the magic
are in sync
Moving now with
so much speed
They travel in a
Don't forget the
Hot cocoa will
Top it off with
He never will
'Tis the season
he loves best
Just because of
one and all
May all your
Hey guys lets just perk up
We surely look so cute
Tangled up in Christmas lights
This really is a hoot
Love this special season
When we get all entwined
Picture perfect friendships
Are like this all the time
We take this time together
To send you all our best
Each one of you so special
We're glad we are your guests
So get that catnip ready
Some honey if you please
Little bear has joined us
He loves to get a squeeze
All decked out for Christmas
And so we'd like to say
Hope you have purrfection
This special Holiday.
A Christmas Wish For All My Friends
While Christmas bells are chiming, oh, may there come to you
A dear little fairy, who’s always good and true;
The little happy fairy, who drives away dull care,
And makes all things upon the earth seem ever bright and fair.
She’ll whisper to good Santa to bring what you most wish;
So if you have been longing for a fine pudding dish,
She will not, as in by-gone years, forget and bring to you
Something that you do not want, though beautiful and new.
Merry Christmas from Aurora and Sammy
The snow lies deep upon the ground,
And winter's brightness all around
Decks bravely out the forest sere,
With jewels of the brave old year.
The coasting crowd upon the hill
With some new spirit seems to thrill;
And all the temple bells chime
Ring out the glee of Christmas time.
In happy homes the brown oak-bough
Vies with the red-gemmed holly now;
And here and there, like pearls, there show
The berries of the mistletoe.
A sprig upon the chandelier
Says to the maidens, "Come not here!"
Even the pauper of the earth
Some kindly gift has cheered to mirth!
Within his chamber, dim and cold,
There sits a grasping miser old.
He has no thought save one of gain,--
To grind and gather and grasp and drain.
A peal of bells, a merry shout
Assail his ear: he gazes out
Upon a world to him all gray,
And snarls, "Why, this is Christmas Day!"
No, man of ice, -- for shame, for shame!
For "Christmas Day" is no mere name.
No, not for you this ringing cheer,
This festal season of the year.
And not for you the chime of bells
From holy temple rolls and swells.
In day and deed he has no part-
Who holds not Christmas in his heart!
Paul Laurence Dunbar
“Little Tree” by e.e. cummings
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don't be afraid
look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i'll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy…
The Story of the Birth of Christ Jesus as
found in the Holy Bible, in the book of Luke.
About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken through-
out the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was the governor
of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his hometown to be accounted for.
So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in
Judah, David's hometown, for the census. As a decendant of David he had
to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancee, who was pregnant.
While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth
to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped Him in a blanket and laid Him in a
manger, because there was no room for them in the hostel.
There were shepherds camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches
over their sheep. Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory
blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, "Don't be afraid.
I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for every
body worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is
Messiah and Master. This is what you are to look for: a baby wrapped in a
blanket and lying in a manger."
At once the angel was joined by huge angelic choir singing God's praises:
"Glory to God in the heavenly heights; Peace to all men and women on earth
who please Him."
As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the shepherds talked it over. "Let's
get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has
revealed to us." They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby
lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the
angels had said about this child. All who heard the shepherds were impressed.
Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.
The shepherds returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything
they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they'd been told!
~ Luke 2:1-20
It was a simple scene that first Christmas - a rough room, a young couple, and
nothing but a feeding trough to put the child in. It was probably quite cold
and with family far away there was little help. Not exactly the Hallmark moment
we like to show in Christmas pageants. And yet this rustic scene marked the
greatest event in the history of mankind.
God's Son became human and came to earth to save us. God had promised to send a
Messiah, one who would save His people. He could have easily burst on the scene
as a full grown man, a seven foot warrior with fiery eyes and arms of steel. This
was what many people were looking for, but it wasn't how God did it. He arrived
in the arms of a young girl. He was, as another of our authors put it "a very
small package, wrapped in rags, given from the heart of God. The perfect gift."
God gave His only Son to die in our place so that we, in all our brokenness, could
know forgiveness. He came so that we could know what love feels like, real love -
love that never leaves, love that never disappoints, love that is never betrayed.
He sent His Son into a sad world to bring us hope.
THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS
Christmas is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.
No one knows the exact date of Christ's birth, but most Christians
observe Christmas on December 25. On this day, many go to church,
where they take part in special religious services. During the Christmas
season, they also exchange gifts and decorate their homes with holly,
mistletoe, and Christmas trees. The word Christmas comes from Cristes
maesse, an early English phrase that means Mass of Christ.
The story of Christmas comes chiefly from the Gospels of Saint Luke
and Saint Matthew in the New Testament. According to Luke, an angel
appeared to shepherds outside the town of Bethlehem and told them
of Jesus's birth. Matthew tells how the wise men, called Magi, followed
a bright star that led them to Jesus.
The first Mention of Christmas
The first mention of December 25 as the birth date of Jesus occurred
in A.D.336 in an early Roman calendar. The celebration of this
day as Jesus's birth date was probably influenced by pagan(unchristian)
festivals held at that time. The ancient Romans held year-end celebrations
to honor Saturn, their harvest god; and Mithras, the god of light.
Various peoples in northern Europe held festivals in mid-December
to celebrate the end of the harvest season. As part of all these
celebrations, the people prepared special foods, decorated their
homes with greenery, and joined in singing and gift giving. These
customs gradually became part of the Christmas celebration.
In the late 300's, Christianity became the official religion of
the Roman Empire. By 1100, Christmas had become the most important
religious festival in Europe, and Saint Nicholas was a symbol of
gift giving in many European countries. During the 1400's and 1500's,
many artists painted scenes of the Nativity, the birth of Jesus.
The popularity of Christmas grew until the Reformation, a religious
movement of the 1500's. This movement gave birth to Protestantism.
During the Reformation, many Christians began to consider Christmas
a pagan celebration because it included nonreligious customs. During
the 1600's, because of these feelings, Christmas was outlawed in
England and in parts of the English colonies in America. The old
customs of feasting and decorating, however, soon reappeared and
blended with the more Christian aspects of the celebration.
The custom of giving gifts to relatives and friends on a special
day in winter probably began in ancient Rome and northern Europe.
In these regions, people gave each other small presents as part
of their year-end celebrations.
In the 1800's, two more Christmas customs became popular--decorating
Christmas trees and sending Christmas cards to relatives and friends.
Many well-known Christmas carols, including ``Silent Night" and
``Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," were composed during this period.
In the United States and other countries, Santa Claus replaced Saint
Nicholas as the symbol of gift giving.
The celebration of Christmas became increasingly important to many
kinds of businesses during the 1900's. Today, companies manufacture
Christmas ornaments, lights, and other decorations throughout the
year. Other firms grow Christmas trees, holly, and mistletoe. Many
stores and other businesses hire extra workers during the Christmas
season to handle the increase in sales.
The word Xmas is sometimes used instead of Christmas. This tradition
began in the early Christian church. In Greek, X is the first letter
of Christ's name. It was frequently used as a holy symbol.
*History of Christmas thanks to the
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