It’s Christmastime!

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It’s Christmastime everyone!
Time to deck the halls –
Time to string the lights
‘Round the tree and on the walls.

It’s time to go a-wasselling –
Wasselling? Hooray!
I don’t know what it is
But we’ll have fun anyway.

It’s time to join the bustle,
Time to shop the stores,
Time to wrap the gifts –
Wait! I need just one thing more.

Celebrations everywhere,
Yummy treats to eat,
Old friends to laugh with,
And memories, oh, so sweet.

Families all together,
Loved ones held so close,
Christmas is the time
That we truly love the most!

But the joy of this season
By all is not shared.
There are those burdened
By a heavy load of cares.

There are those who are hurting,
Those who have no hope,
Those who are hungry,
Those who cannot seem to cope.

Christmastime to these dear ones
Is just another day
To struggle all alone,
Not a time to sing and play.

They simply can’t comprehend
The reason that we sing.
Their woes are too great;
They think miracles silly things.

They’re searching for an answer,
Escape from their plight.
They’re holding back tears
As they kiss their kids goodnight.

Oh, it’s time we look around –
Open up our eyes
To a dying world
That thinks no one hears their cries.

Our lives are filled with plenty;
We’ve so much to give.
We’ve a Hope to share
With a world that longs for it.

It’s Christmastime, after all!
Time to spread the news,
Time to tell of Jesus
And His love for me and you.

It’s time to go a-serving!
Serving? Yes, indeed!
Meeting needs of others –
What great joy and love it brings!

So, let’s celebrate this season
Telling of His birth,
Giving unto others,
Spreading Hope and Peace on earth.


*Dedicated to my son, Corey, who is spending his Christmas break building houses for those in need in Peru. I am so proud of his choices and the man he is becoming.


A Year of Smiles – Day 349: The SMILES of Christmas

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Christmas SMILE #15 (Reason to SMILE #349): THE SEASON OF GIVING

What do you want for Christmas?

That tends to be the question we hear this time of year, especially when talking with children. It’s part of the whole season. I love to hear little children rattle off their Christmas lists. Their eyes sparkle. Their faces glow and their bodies wiggle with excitement. Mom and dad, on the other hand, may not share in their child’s excitement as the list tends to go on and on and on.

Children always have an answer to “What do you want for Christmas?”. In fact, most people can come up with something. However, when my husband asks this question of me, I never seem to be able to answer. I’m not sure why. It could be because I don’t want him spending any money on me. I’d rather we spend our money on the boys. But I have no problem spending our money on gifts for him (which drives him crazy, by the way) so money can’t be my excuse.

Maybe I can’t answer because I’m not a decision maker. Of all the wonderful things in the world, it’s possible I simply can’t choose. If you take into consideration my problem with choosing what I want to eat in restaurants, it seems quite clear that my decision making skills could be the issue. There are too many yummy foods offered. How can I choose just one? How about one of everything! 😉 That’s it! Maybe I want it all for Christmas.

Nah, that can’t be it. I don’t want everything.

I believe the reason I can’t tell my husband what I want for Christmas is I just don’t think about it. I’m busy trying to figure out what I’m going to give to everyone else! To me, giving is a huge chunk of the Christmas fun. Searching for the perfect gift for those I hold dear and packaging those gifts in brightly colored paper and bows is a joy. And nothing compares to seeing the SMILES on each recipient’s face or the tears in their eyes as they open their special gifts.

Shouldn’t giving be our focus at Christmas, anyway? After all, a gift is the reason for our celebration. In a manger more that two thousand years ago, a baby was God’s gift to the world – a baby that would give His own life to save yours and mine. That is why we give. We give because we have been given so much more than we deserve. We give because God gave to us.

What are you GIVING for Christmas?

Me? Well, at the moment, I’m giving the gift of salsa! 🙂

A Year of Smiles – Day 245


Look at what I’m wearing! I can’t remember the last time I wore a dress. I’m a blue jeans and comfortable (but cute!) shirt kinda girl. I simply don’t do dresses. They require too much fuss.

Today, however, was a special occasion – my niece’s wedding. So I set aside my preferences and said “yes” to a dress! Ha! Really, it wasn’t a difficult choice to make. It’s what you do for family. It’s what you do when you care for someone.

I sat in my aqua sundress and listened as sacred vows were spoken. I was reminded of the covenant of marriage and of the importance of saying “I do” – not only on your wedding day but each and every day after. 

I fidgeted with my dress.

Yes, sometimes saying, “I do” means setting aside your own preferences. That’s what you do for someone you love.

It’s those things we do for love that bring SMILES to our hearts each and every day.

A Year of Smiles – Day 107

Reason to SMILE #107: GIVING

We’ve all heard that it is more blessed to give than to receive.  We all nod in agreement when we hear these words.  We say a hearty “Amen” and raise our hands to testify of this great truth.  But I wonder if our agreement is contingent on who we see as the giver and who we see as the receiver.  When someone else is the giver, we praise their gift and cry, “Bless your heart.”  When the act of giving falls on us, however, our attitudes about giving don’t always remain the same.

Icute-smiley-in-a-gift-box-for-facebook‘m not sure why it is so difficult to give to others at times.  Maybe, it’s fear that we will be left without.  Maybe, it’s just pure selfishness.  Maybe, it’s forgetfulness of all the times others have given to us.  Whatever the reason for our lack of giving, I am certain that when we choose not to give, we hold back blessings from both others and ourselves.

You see, our gifts impact more than just those who receive them.  Think of the last time you gave a gift to a friend or loved one.  How did it make you feel to hear the sincere thanks of the receiver of your gift so carefully chosen and lovingly given?  Did it make you feel empty, like your resources had been depleted and you had nothing left to give?  Or did it make you feel full, like your heart was overflowing and all you wanted to do was go out and give again and again?

Giving always reaps SMILES for both the receiver and for the giver.  Even more, when we give, we bring a SMILE to our living God who richly gives us all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).


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