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Holiday thoughts from the past
Posted by: lemki (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: December 17, 2003 04:51PM

Hello---

I'm fairly grateful I stumbled upon this website, I have a question to ask-- though I'm sure many people tend to do this during the holidays...

I'd like to write a few cards, just a few; but without the "Best Wishes to You" that always seems to be attached to it....

Most of these people I haven't seen in a long while.

May I have some recommendations from some of you? I was thinking of a a poem inspirational in nature, or perhaps in some sense optimistic.

I have gleemed through a small sampling via internet and I can't seem to find one that fits.

Thank you for your efforts,
--anna


Re: Holiday thoughts from the past
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: December 17, 2003 05:03PM

Lemki, here's a website that might give you some thoughts about the subject:


[www.marvelcreations.com] />

Les


Re: Holiday thoughts from the past
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-03rh16rt-04rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.ne)
Date: December 17, 2003 06:01PM


Re: Holiday thoughts from the past
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: December 18, 2003 12:31AM


Lemki -- use a quotation that YOU LOVE, and that way you'll be sharing something of yourself. Don't rule out song lyrics. If your friends look up the song and enjoy it because you quoted it on your holiday card, then that's another gift.


Re: Holiday thoughts from the past
Posted by: glenda (---.client.comcast.net)
Date: December 18, 2003 10:30AM

I've always liked this.

Let Us Keep Christmas
Whatever else be lost among the years,
Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing;
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,
Let us hold close one day, remembering
It's poignant meaning for the hearts of men.
Let us get back our childlike faith again.
- - - Grace Noll Crowell


Re: Holiday thoughts from the past
Posted by: Talia (216.117.98.---)
Date: December 18, 2003 10:46AM

'Twas The Night Before Christmas,
He Lived All Alone,
In A One Bedroom House
Made Of Plaster And Stone.

I Had Come Down The Chimney
With Presents To Give,
And To See Just Who
In This Home Did Live.

I Looked All About,
A Strange Sight I Did See,
No Tinsel, No Presents,
Not Even A Tree.

No Stocking By Mantle,
Just Boots Filled With Sand,
On The Wall Hung Pictures
Of Far Distant Lands.

With Medals And Badges,
Awards Of All Kinds,
A Sober Thought
Came Through My Mind.

For This House Was Different,
It Was Dark And Dreary,
I Found The Home Of A Soldier,
Once I Could See Clearly.

The Soldier Lay Sleeping,
Silent, Alone,
Curled Up On The Floor
In This One Bedroom Home.

The Face Was So Gentle,
The Room In Such Disorder,
Not How I Pictured
A United States Soldier.

Was This The Hero
Of Whom I'd Just Read?
Curled Up On A Poncho,
The Floor For A Bed?

I Realized The Families
That I Saw This Night,
Owed Their Lives To These Soldiers
Who Were Willing To Fight.

Soon Round The World,
The Children Would Play,
And Grownups Would Celebrate
A Bright Christmas Day.

They All Enjoyed Freedom
Each Month Of The Year,
Because Of The Soldiers,
Like The One Lying Here.

I Couldn't Help Wonder
How Many Lay Alone,
On A Cold Christmas Eve
In A Land Far >From Home.

The Very Thought
Brought A Tear To My Eye,
I Dropped To My Knees
And Started To Cry.

The Soldier Awakened
And I Heard A Rough Voice,
"Santa Don't Cry,
This Life Is My Choice;

I Fight For Freedom,
I Don't Ask For More,
My Life Is My God,
My Country, My Corps."

The Soldier Rolled Over
And Drifted To Sleep,
I Couldn't Control It,
I Continued To Weep.

I Kept Watch For Hours,
So Silent And Still
And We Both Shivered
From The Cold Night 's Chill.

I Didn't Want To Leave
On That Cold, Dark, Night,
This Guardian Of Honor
So Willing To Fight.

Then The Soldier Rolled Over,
With A Voice Soft And Pure,
Whispered, "Carry On Santa,
It's Christmas Day, All Is Secure."

One Look At My Watch,
And I Knew He Was Right.
"Merry Christmas My Friend,
And To All A Good Night."

Air Force Army Marines Coast Guard Navy
A Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan wrote this poem. The following is his
request.


Re: Holiday thoughts from the past
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: December 18, 2003 03:18PM


'Twas the night before Christmas

and all through the town

Not a sign of Baby Jesus

Was anywhere to be found?



The people were all busy

with Christmas time chores

Like decorating, and baking,

And shopping in stores.



No one sang "Away in a manger,

No crib for a bed."

Instead, they sang of Santa

dressed-up in bright red.



Mama watched Martha Stewart,

Papa drank beer from a tap.

As hour upon hour

the presents they'd wrap;



When what from the T.V.

did they suddenly hear?

'Cept an ad.. which told?

of a big sale at Sears.



So away to the mall

They all flew like a flash...

Buying things on credit...

And others with cash!



And, as they made their way home

From their trip to the mall,

Did they think about Jesus?

Oh, no... not at all.



Their lives were so busy

with their Christmas time things

No time to remember

Christ Jesus, the King.



There were presents to wrap

And cookies to bake.

How could they stop and remember

Who died for their sake?



To pray to the Savior...

They had no time to stop.

Because they needed more time

To "Shop til they dropped!"



On Wal-mart! On K-mart!

On Target! On Penney's!

On Hallmark! On Zales!

A quick lunch at Denny's.



From the big stores downtown

to the stores at the mall

They would dash away, dash away,

and visit them all!



And up on the roof,

there arose such a clatter

As grandpa hung icicle lights

Up on his brand new step ladder.



He hung lights that would flash.

He hung lights that would twirl.

Yet, he never once prayed to Jesus...

the Light of the World.



Christ's eyes... how they twinkle!

Christ's Spirit... how merry!

Christ's love... how enormous!

All our burdens... He'll carry!



So instead of being busy,

overworked, and uptight,

Let's put Christ back in

Christmas, and enjoy

some good nights!



Merry Christmas to all!


Re: Holiday thoughts from the past
Posted by: lemki (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: December 18, 2003 08:41PM

Wow this thread is turning out a lot better than I expected it to!

Thanks everyone for the advice(s)! I may go with the cynical "i don't understand what i wrote myself" stance again this year but ::shrugs::

Hey you never know >_ (ugh bad, bad quote usage there ::slaps hands with ruler:smiling smiley

..If you're still reading this... Thanks again!!! smiling smiley

--Lemki's Anna


Re: Holiday thoughts from the past
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: December 19, 2003 11:40AM

(Yes, we're still reading!)


Re: Holiday thoughts from the past
Posted by: Pam Adams (134.71.192.---)
Date: December 19, 2003 01:07PM

The giant inflatable nativity will be available next year.

pam


Re: Holiday thoughts from the past
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: December 19, 2003 04:25PM

Have you been looking at this site as well? My daughter wants a nodding head Mary, I've said no, they're bad enough as dogs.(nodding head things that is.)

[ship-of-fools.com] />
Sorry forgot to include the URL



Post Edited (12-19-03 16:38)


Re: Holiday thoughts from the past
Posted by: Pam Adams (134.71.192.---)
Date: December 19, 2003 04:31PM

Actually, it was an article in the Los Angeles Times today. I've seen the Biblical bobble-heads, and agree with you.

Of course, there's always the classics-

Plastic Jesus
Ernie Marrs

I don't care if it rains of freezes
'Long as I got my Plastic Jesus
Riding on the dashboard of my car.

Through my trials and tribulations
And my travels through the nations
With my Plastic Jesus I'll go far.
Plastic Jesus! Plastic Jesus,
Riding on the dashboard of my car

I'm afraid He'll have to go.
His magnets ruin my radio
And if I have a wreck He'll leave a scar.
Riding down a thoroughfare
With His nose up in the air,
A wreck may be ahead, but He don't mind.

Trouble coming He don't see,
He just keeps His eye on me
And any other thing that lies behind.
Plastic Jesus! Plastic Jesus,
Riding on the dashboard of my car ...

Though the sunshine on His back
Make Him peel, chip and crack,
A little patching keeps Him up to par.
When I'm in a traffic jam
He don't care if I say "damn"
I can let all my curses roll

Plastic Jesus doesn't hear
'Cause he has a plastic ear
The man who invented plastic saved my soul.
Plastic Jesus! Plastic Jesus,
Riding on the dashboard of my car ...

Once His robe was snowy white,
Now it isn't quite so bright -
Stained by the smoke of my cigar.
If I weave around at night,
And policemen think I'm tight,
They never find my bottle - though they ask.

Plastic Jesus shelters me,
For His head comes off, you see
He's hollow, and I use Him for a flask.
Plastic Jesus! Plastic Jesus,

Riding on the dashboard of my car ...
Ride with me and have a dram
Of the blood of the Lamb -
Plastic Jesus is a holy bar.

pam


Re: Holiday thoughts from the past
Posted by: Jack? (---.eapplied.com)
Date: December 23, 2003 12:30PM

Pam-

I seem to recall another verse from 'Cool Hand Luke'

'I'm doin' 80, but I aint scaredy
'cause I got the Virgin Mary
Tellin' me that I won't go to hell'


No?

Jack


Re: Holiday thoughts from the past
Posted by: Pam Adams (134.71.192.---)
Date: December 23, 2003 12:51PM

Apparently, there are lots of extra verses, each sicker than the last. [www.commonplacebook.com] />
pam




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