"Have yourself a Merry little Christmas. Make the Yuletide bright. . Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus. . .Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock. . .Deck the halls with boughs of holly . . .Silent night, holy night. . .O Come, all ye faithful. . .!!"
Glendive is looking at a white Christmas this year. I think most of the kiddos were worried as it stayed nice for so long. Deep within each of us is that notion that to have Santa Claus you have to have snow! And if you don't have snow, well, can Santa make the journey?? Questions, serious indeed! But that is not the issue in this place. I pushed snow yesterday until I did something to my hip! Hurts! And my arm muscles are sore! But Aleve to the rescue and I am limping around.
I have had a nice time of preparation this year (Advent). I decorated my porch for the first time -- lights, lights, and a big red wreath. I may leave the wreath up as a bright spot during the snowy days ahead of us. I made about four batches of fudge, most of which I gave away, but I enjoyed every sliver I could accidentally cut. The church choir presented a lovely concert on the 2nd Sunday in Advent. I gave three poinsettias in memory of departed loved ones. I have a stack of Christmas cards to read through on Christmas Eve, my personal tradition. Today I am having a couple of friends over for a quick lunch. (Trying something new -- fingers crossed!)
People are traveling, kids and grandkids are coming here to visit grandparents, so there is concern about roads and weather. School was out yesterday so I know there are kids in the park enjoying the new snow. The Community dinner we have had for years changed hands this year. Everyone is grateful for the two ladies who picked it up and according to them there are volunteers aplenty. Every community should have one. There are single people and elderly people, and those who don't want to cook, and people who can't afford to cook. Folks will even deliver the dinners if you give a phone call. Just a "jolly, holly" time.
So that is how Christmas looks out here on the prairie right now. Ranchers are feeding cattle. Roads are snow-c0vered and intermittently icy. There are still two shopping days left. Churches have worship on Sunday morning and then the big candlelight Christmas Eve services are everywhere. Zion also has services on Christmas Day at which I will preach this year.
Enjoy the goodies that will be spread before you, don't forget the poor as you close out your books this year. Deductions for charities are on the table with the new tax bill and not sure where that will be in 2018.
In your prayers remember the homeless, those without jobs, the refugees in camps around the world, where children are crying because of illness and hunger. Pray for the world, pray for peace. And as Tiny Tim said, "God bless us every one."
Joy to the World, the Lord has come. Love, prayers and peace, Avis