Sunday, December 23, 2007

Our Christmas Card To You.........Unselfish Christmas Gift.........A Poem That Is So True.....

From our home to your home........



WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD'S RICHEST BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL.......................................................................................................



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A company, (I wish I could tell you the name of it but I can't locate the email) places a wreath on each grave in Arlington National Cemetery each Christmas..........................................................................................................................................................................................................

I Corinthians 13 - A Christmas Version

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family and friends, I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family and friends, I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family and friends, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ,
I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

The giving of gifts is not something man invented. God started the giving spree when he gave a gift beyond words, the unspeakable gift of His Son.


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20 comments:

Mary said...

Betty,

There was a tv program today about the Worchester Wreath Company. Each year they transport the wreaths 750 miles with a transport truck to Arlington. What a wonderful thing to do. I believe the company has prospered because of their wonderful work. Morrill Worchester says that the wreath giving will continue until he quits working and then his family is going to carry it on.

Your photo is beautiful. My oldest grandson wants to stop at Washington DC on our way back from Florida and we plan to do that. I'm hoping the wreaths will still be on the graves of the soldiers. I think it will be an awesome sight for both us and the boys.

Merry Christmas to you and yours. May the Light of Christmas shine in your heart and home this holiday season.

Blessings,
Mary

Ruth said...

Oh, Betty. The picture and the Christmas version of Corinthians are both wonderful and thought provoking. I love the picture of you and your husband. Merry Christmas to you!

Cathy said...

That is a pretty picture of you and your husband. Wishing you a blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Susie said...

Hi Betty,
What a lovely picture of the two of you! May you have a blessed Christmas..
xo

Barbara said...

So true. What a lovely photo Betty. That is a very unusual but very pretty tree with all the Ponsietta leaves. Is that in your home or church?
I have copied it into my "Blog Friends Folder"

Penny said...

I love the poinsettia tree... is that at your church?

PEA said...

May the joy that comes with Christmas Day remain with you throughout the year!! Merry Christmas dear friend. xoxo

Tracy said...

I pray that you have a wonderful Christmas with your family. May the Lord Bless each of you.

Kerri said...

Beautiful!

Merry Christmas Betty!

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Great pics Betty and how wonderful that this unknown company places all those wreaths every year, very special.

I hope you and yours have had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you all the best for 2008!

Penless Thoughts said...

Trust you had a Blessed Christmas.
Susan

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Beautiful, meaningful words Betty and so very true! Together with the stunning picture of the wreaths in Arlington Cemetery.

Happy Christmas Dear Betty.... to you and your dear family. Marion xx

Abbie said...

Lovely words Betty! Thank you for them!
I hop eyour holidays are lovely and filled with joy!
~Abbie

Naturegirl said...

Betty your post is certainly an example of what the true Spirit of Christmas is all about! Family and making wonderful memories is what I always want for my Christmas.The photo of Arlington is just so beautifull...so thoughtful to remember all those sleeping angels.
Wishing you love peace and many wonderful family memories during this Christmas celebration! hugs NG xo

Kelli said...

Dear Betty,
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family!
Hugs,
Kelli

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Beautiful pics, Betty! Love that tree you're standing in front of. Hope you & your family had a wonderful Christmas & please have a Happy New Year. Thanks for stopping by to see me. We'll all have to catch up after New Years when it slows down.

Rhoda

MelanieJayne said...

Betty, Your blog is an inspiration every time I stop by to visit. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

Nora Lee
http://noraleesnook.blogspot.com/

A Woman Who is: said...

Thanks for sharing the Arlington picture. I loved seeing all the wreaths and respect for our soldiers. You are quite the thrifty lady. I love to reclaim and revive things too.
Have a Blessed New Year.

Mary said...

Betty I'm just now catching up with your lovely Christmas posts - great pic of you and dh by the poinsettia tree - Black Watch tartan is my favorite!

..........and that little red guest house!! Oh my, how wonderful it must be to be your guest and stay in such a darling place. You have made it look so comfortable with your thrify finds - I just love it.

All blessings for the coming year - and thank you for sharing such beauty these past months.
Happy New Year - Mary.

Barbara said...

Blessings for 2008 Betty. I just had to have another look at your pretty guesthuse while I was back visiting.

Yes, "No" can be the best answer if we but knew it at the time.