Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It's almost 16 hours . . .

before Christmas so I want to greet all of you "A Merry and a Blessed Christmas. May you and your family find the real meaning of Christmas amidst our joyous celebrations. Let us not forget that Jesus Christ is the reason for this season".

Got this from a friend yesterday . . .

25 Ways to Share the Joy This Season

1. Mend a broken relationship with a friend or relative during the holidays.

2. Every night of the Christmas Season, (or everyday of your life) before going to bed, ask yourself, "Whose life did I make brighter today?"

3. Give your toddler the honor of placing the star or angel on the top of the Christmas tree.

4. Try the Swedish custom of writing a short, lighthearted poem on each of your gift cards that half reveals the contents of the present.

5. Take a holiday family photograph each year in the same spot, such as by a favorite tree in your yard. In the years to come, you'll have a wonderful record not only of the growth in your family, but also of the growth of your tree.

6. Tell your children about Christmas when you were their age.

7. Offer to run Christmas errands for an elderly friend or relative.

8. Record a cheerful Christmas greeting for your answering machine.

9. Learn to say "Merry Christmas" in several languages.

10. Remember that Christmas carols never sound better than when you sing them in church.

11. Tip someone who doesn't expect it.

12. End an evening with family and close friends by forming a circle, holding hands, and singing a favorite Christmas carol.

13. Reserve a night for the entire family to make ornaments for your tree.

14. Set aside some time at the beginning of the holiday season to help your children plan their gift-giving lists.

15. On a clear night, find the bright North Star and recall the story of the Wise Men.

16. Open Christmas cards as a family activity each night at the dinner table. Read the messages aloud.

17. Toast your friends when they are in your home. Tell them how much it means to have them there.

18. This Christmas, write letters to several people who have had a positive influence on your life. Thank them for this gift they have given you.

19. Take a decorated miniature tree to someone in a hospital or nursing home.

20. Secretly shovel the snow off of your neighbor's front walk.

21. Instead of giving gifts at the office, take up a collection to donate to a designated charity.

22. If you have friends who have lost family members since last Christmas, make a special effort to call and cheer them during the holidays.

23. Begin a Christmas journal. Write down memories your family will share: events you attend, presents you give and receive, and the inevitable crises that occur.

24. Don't try to do everything yourself. Remember, even Santa needs helpers.

25. Take time to remember that the greatest holiday gift is a home filled with the people you love.

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