It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, December 15, 2008

Chapter 12, Page 15, Book 08

There are many short tales which have grown up around the story of the Birth of Christ. Some are stories with a moral or a caution or a 'that's why' ending.
For instance, the story of the animals speaking.
It is said that on Christmas Eve, if you go out, you will hear all the farm animals speaking to one another. The legend goes that they were all given the gift of speech when Jesus was born for that one night of the year. The sounds made by the animals sound like words.
The Owl says 'Whooo is born?' the Raven says 'Christ'
The goat asks 'Where' the sheep answers ' There'. Different animals have been given their part to play over the millennia and one can still find new ideas for the story today.
The baby Jesus was cold, and there was very little heat from the few bits of wood on the fire. A little Robin roosting in the stable flew down and fanned the fire into flame with its wings. As the fire flamed up, the birds breast became scorched, and that is why the Robin has a red breast today in memory of that day.
The little glow-worm had nothing to give the baby Jesus, so it carried a small green leaf it found as its gift. The baby liked the pretty thing, and touched the dull little worm, which glowed with the glory of Christ. The moral of this story being that no matter how insignificant and useless we feel about ourselves, we can all be touched by Christ and glow with his glory


I sat down with my cards yesterday evening while watching a Christmas program on TV. This time of year I watch more TV than any other time of year. I love Christmas movies. Well the show I watched was actually a cartoon and it was all about the song ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer Going Home From My House Christmas Eve’.

I don’t know if you’ve heard it or not but the radio station I listen to at work said it is America’s most disliked Christmas song. Who wants to think of Grandma getting run over by a reindeer? Well the cute cartoon told a story that was endearing and put the reindeer in the clear, so I’ll never feel bad about that song any more. I don’t know which came first , the movie or the song, but I did enjoy the movie.

Cards and shopping are now all done and Saturday is our family Christmas celebration so I’m very happy that now things will be a bit more relaxed.


Long Ago
In that little stable so long ago

There was no dazzling lights.

There was nothing to distract one's thoughts

From that precious holy sight.

High above the brilliant star

Was shining down from heaven.

And in the stillness of that moment

God's wondrous gift was given.

Shepherds came from near and far,

Their hearts were filled with love.

And watching o'er the Holy Child

Were angels from above.

The three wisemen bearing gifts

At last on Him did gaze,

And as they looked in wonderment

Their lips were uttering praise.

So take a moment to recall

How this season did begin,

And make your heart a quiet stable

Where the Lord may enter in.

Author unknown

You see, somewhere deep down inside we all believe in something better than we now have or see, and most of us feel a lot better when we help someone. Whether the person is in need or not, this feeling is what I call the feeling of Christmas, and we all should strive to feel this way all year long.

Merry Christmas

‘On Ya’-ma


Linda said...

Good Morning! I managed to get some of my Christmas cards done last night also. I got some of my baking done too. Now I just need to finish the cards, wrap the gifts and finish the baking! LOL I will get it all done I know it! Linda

Alice said...

Hi Pam. If only the world lived by "do unto others....." :)......

betty said...

so glad you are feeling a bit more relaxed as things are coming together for Christmas! I hope you and your family have a wonderful celebration on Saturday together


Anonymous said...

Oh Ma...I love the stories about the animals..and love the song that is sung about the animals..."I said the donkey, shaggy and brown, I carried his Mother, up hill and down..I carried his mother to bethlehem town...I said the donkey, shaggy and brown....there is more...I sing it when I put up the nativity scene...funny how certain things bring to your mind at different times...sure hope you have good weather for the family gathering..and may the Spirit of Him who loves us so..born this Christmas with you all...hugs...Ora in KY

Jeannette said...

Beautiful my friend. I have always loved Robins and know that story well but I have never heard the one about the animals.

Mike and I always try to help others, he is still coping with our next door neighbour despite promises from the man's children. However, whenever Mike and I need help, nobody is there. Well, not strictly true, God is there, always there, but I mean people.

Hollie said...

Such a wonderful entry. I have seen that cartoon many times too. I always enjoy it. I love watching the Christmas movies....