I know that an author’s blog should perhaps, be more
geared to the field of inscribing. Maybe, the first of the year I will center
these blogs around the writing world, or at least keep a good mixture of
ingredients that will touch on tidbits of things I’ve learned and continue to
learn about writing, publishers, agents and such. However, for now, let’s enjoy
The music and poems of Christmas help us to remember that
there’s more to the holiday than buying gifts. So, I want to shine a light on a
few sonnets that highlights the greatest day for mankind. The time we celebrate
the Birth of Jesus Christ!
This first poem was written by my friend Mary L. Ball.
No, it wasn’t penned by me. This great lady shares the same name. We also have a
love for our Lord. If those weren’t enough similarities’ both of us are
published authors and sing gospel music as much as time allows. Oh yea, I
almost forgot we only live about one hour away. It
really is a small world, and God has blessed me, once again, by bringing her
into my life, Merry Christmas to Mary Ball. I love you in Christ
You can visit her and order her book “Memories of a
Mountain Girl.” or a copy of her CD at http://thoughts-tunes.webs.com/
True Christmas Spirit
Christmas comes but once a year, to bring much gladness,
joy and cheer.
A time when lots of things are done, to put the Christmas
Spirit into everyone.
The days are filled with things to do.
There are parties and banquets we must go to.
There’s writing cards and decorating trees, and
shopping for gifts that are sure to please.
There is Santa Claus and all his toys, to thrill the
hearts of the girls and boys.
Yes, all these things are always done to put the
Christmas Spirit into everyone.
But the true Christmas Spirit will come to us when we
take time out from all this fuss,
And realize that it first was felt by shepherds and wise
As they knelt beside a manger in a stall, to worship the
newborn King of all.
Yes, we can feel the same as they if we will just take
time to pray.
Only after this is done, will the true Christmas Spirit
be in any one.
By Mary L. Ball © 1960
The rest of these poems were found on-line. If the author’s signed these verses I will
be sure to include the name and give the authors credit.
The Candy Cane
significant symbol of Christmas, is the simple candy cane.
is the crook of the shepherd, one of the first who
peppermint flavor is the regal gift of spice.
is Jesus' purity the red is sacrifice.
stripes are friendship and the nearness of his
sweet compassion, a gift from God above.
cane reminds us all of how much God cared and like His Christmas gift to use
to be broken and shared.
Cherish His Christmas
Christmas brings such a time of love each tender heart
holds so much of
Unselfishness thrives, trust is strong,
the purpose to give, send love along.
A time of
pleasantries, patience too good wishes to all, all feelings
Thankfulness follows each fine deed,
gifts from our God, never from greed.
Great the rewards that joy does bring like the beauty in hearing angels
sing, we pray for our loved, each so dear especially those who can't be
Many leave home to bravely serve all freedoms we have, they
Do pray for our troops, as we should and their families too, if you
Give thanks to our Lord, His only Son and cherish His Christmas,
Roger J. Robicheau
Former SP5 US Army (
Twas the Night before Christmas is probably the most recognized Christmas poem in the world it was written by Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) also called “A
Visit from St. Nicholas" in 1822. This limerick certainly brings back memories
Here’s a great idea for Christmas that anyone can give and
The Christmas Gift
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.
In some way, we all have to deal with the hurry of the season. Whether it’s baking, buying gifts, visiting or doing for people to make their holiday a better experience, each of us have a unique countdown to Christmas.
I sometimes get productive and buy a few things ahead of time. Never, do I cook before the last days, (hey, I’m not that together), and I try to ignore the commercial aspect of the holidays until the time comes, when it’s apparent, I have no choice. Yes, I'm one of those people that will be out on December twenty-fourth buying gifts.
A quick look at the calendar has me concluding that I can no longer deny the time is approaching. Like a wind storm, the flurry sends a gust, creating a hustle of activity in my domain.
My husband got off of work yesterday and doesn’t return until the second of January. He will utter an announcement that he has repeated for years, “I’m not going back to work until next year.” Thank goodness, he is a hunter and uses most of that time to sit in the woods and search for deer.
Only women understand the countless things that are added to our plates when the spouse is around. I love my hubby, but like all men, sometimes he tends to throw a monkey wrench into an already pack day.
Enough complaining about time, I do enjoy that one special fact about Christmas. It’s the season that gives us a chance to celebrate the birth of our savior. Technically, December Twenty-fifth isn’t the day that Jesus was born. The bible points to happenings during that time that couldn’t have taken place in Bethlehem in December, but we still choose to sing the praises to Jesus on this day, and that’s fine by me. Any given opportunity to enjoy what the Lord has done for us is a good thing and shouldn’t be ignored.
It is my sincerest wish that everyone has a wonderful Christmas. Please remember that one special present given to each of us that came wrapped in swaddling clothes, long ago. It’s a gift of salvation that we can never outgrow; by no means does the promise expire or tarnish.
Merry Christmas to All
Keep Christ in Christmas
My friend's cat - getting ready for Christmas
One of my favorite things about Christmas is listening to the holiday music. I believe this is a time of the year when everyone shares the love of songs; it doesn’t matter if the lyrics are from childhood tunes or adult melodies. Like a fuzzy robe and a cup of hot coco, holiday carols make us feel good.
I still enjoy the old-time favorites like “Silent Night,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem” or “Joy to the World.” These carols offer faith and remind every one of the true reason for Christmas, at least for a religious person.
The amusing songs such as “Rocking around the Christmas tree,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “Grandma got run over by a Reindeer” can’t be overlooked either. Those lyrics soften the challenges that sometimes follow a big family and a small budget or the apprehensions about celebrations.
There’s one certain ballad “The Christmas shoes.” That touches me every year. The first time I heard it; I was driving. I pulled over and cried; when I hear the tune now, I don’t cry, but still find myself stopping and paying attention to the words. That ballad made me realize how lucky people are, the lyrics, although sorrowful-gives hope for tomorrow in knowing that no matter what people face, somehow there’s assurance that through sadness of loss, stands a promise of life eternal.
What’s your favorite Christmas carol and why?
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