"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Saturday, December 8, 2012

There are green tomatoes hanging on the blooming vines out on the patio

 
the weather is sunny and the temperature is in the 70's.................
 

yet, there are jingle bells hanging on my back door.........

 
and in just another day or so........a tree will be in my window.......
wearing brightly colored ornaments..........just like an old lady that
wears too many beads and earrings at one time.
 
Holly and bells will be scattered throughout the house.................
Why??
Because it's Christmas time.
 
 

This morning I walked up to a store entrance and heard the sound of a Salvation Army band,
playing slightly out of time and out of tune...............
but it was the prettiest music I have heard..............
Why??
Because it's Christmas time!

And as I made my way through the brightly colored poinsettia plants,
I could hear the happy sound of jingle bells , dinging in constant movement from a lady who was walking behind me. She was dressed in ordinary jeans, a dull colored flannel shirt,  and I could not see where any of the bells were hanging...........but every where she went............
her bells announced.....
it's Christmas time!

Maybe at this time of year............you don't believe in a jolly, plump, man
in a red fanciful suit...........that never seems to be out dated...........

and maybe at this time of year.......you don't believe in a wondrous, holy night,
so many years ago..............

perhaps you might find yourself with plenty at this time of year................

perhaps you might find yourself with less than plenty..............

But I believe that somewhere in all of us...........there is a memory............
of a Christmas.......long ago...........where we let ourselves believe in the magic........
and in the Spirit of the season...........
and we found ourselves singing those Christmas songs that played over and over............
where peppermint tasted so much better in a shape of a cane............
and the sound of jingle bells made us smile..............
maybe there were a lot of Christmas's like that for you..............
or maybe there was only one..........
and you just cant seem to find another like it..........
 



 
If there is any thing to believe in.............believe in the memories that are to be made this Christmas.
Look for a smile from someone you don't know, who smiles at you
just because it's Christmas time.
Listen for that lady, jingling along.........I know there are more than just she out there.........
smile, when you hear her.........
just because it's Christmas time.......
No matter how much or how little.........
make the best memories you can this year............
just because it's Christmas time
How about you??
What is your favorite Christmas memory
past or present?
I would love to hear!


8 comments:

Daisy said...

Very cheery post, Kathleen. Just reading this put me in the Christmas spirit. I'm planning on putting our tree up today too. No tomatoes growing on the vines outside, though. Ha! Much too cold for that here. I hope you have a lovely weekend! :-)

Sunny said...

Wonderful post, Kathleen! So expressive and calling to the emotions.....
I have been blessed with many wonderful Christmases, not alot of gits and such, but wonderful because .... it was Christmas!
Going to put some decoration on my RV so I will be cheery, and I hev bells for my door for when I get to my brother's place in AZ. That is where I will be celebrating the wonder of Christmas this year. May you have a blessed one!

Magnolia Tea said...

I would fry those green tomatoes in a heartbeat! *smiles*
Have a great weekend!

Paula said...

This was so beautiful and happy, Kathleen!
The Christmas memories I hold dear are the ones where my loved ones were still living and we were all able to be together.

Mrs. Ruby Johnson c.1940 said...

Thanks for stopping by. I loved your post. I enjoy your blog so much. It feels like home and reminds me of my Granny's old farmhouse and small rural life. I will be back! :)

Conni said...

What a fun post! Hope you and your family have a Very Merry Christmas, Kathleen!!!

Mini said...

Beautiful post! Most endearing memory of Christmas for me is walking to church with family for the midnight Mass all bundled up on a cold night. We don't walk to church anymore. Lovely reminder there to create good memories.

Cheryl Harper said...

I love your site.Brings back memories of when I lived in the country. I miss it, so this is a nice way for me to keep in touch.
Thanks,
Cheryl