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

Author Unknown

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Chapter 12, Page 26, Book 12

My newest little granddaughter - 6 weeks old

Before the Paling of the Stars

Christina Rossetti

Before the paling of the stars,
Before the winter morn,
Before the earliest cock-crow
Jesus Christ was born:
Born in a stable,
Cradled in a manger,
In the world His hands had made
Born a stranger.
Priest and King lay fast asleep
In Jerusalem,
Young and old lay fast asleep
In crowded Bethlehem:
Saint and Angel, ox and ass,
Kept a watch together,
Before the Christmas daybreak
In the winter weather.
Jesus on his mother's breast
In the stable cold,
Spotless Lamb of God was He
Shepherd of the fold:
Let us kneel with Mary Maid,
With Joseph bent and hoary,
With Saint and Angel, ox and ass,
To hail the King of Glory.

2nd Day of Christmas, December 26th

To have the belief and faith of a child is one of life's greatest blessings.  And indeed we are all called to have such a faith.

Don't laugh.  Being childish isn't always a desirable thing, but it is a must if we truly want to have Christmas in our hearts.

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. 

Roy L. Smith

We've all read about how years ago a little girl wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper. The little girl, it seems, had believed in Santa Claus for a long time, and her belief was being shaken by some of her cold and less imaginative companions.  The editor's reply was, Virginia, your little friends are wrong... in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

The editor's lines live on, not because he proved anything about childhood's Santa, but because he conveyed so well the spirit of Christmas.

There is nothing more real than the spirit of Christmas.  How wonderful it would be if we could keep just a little bit of that alive in our hearts and homes every day of the year.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas, make the Yuletide gay.  

Ralph Blane


jack69 said...

Yes, you would say the right words, I know your family and grands take pride in your faith and ability to express it. I don't think I ever read
Rosseti, but I like it.
also the quotes of Smith and Blane fit. You always find the right quotes.
Hugs and I hope you stay warm in the Blizzard and take care.
sending warm ((HUGS))
Sherry and Jack

Martha said...

Beautiful post Ma! Congrats on your newest little grandbaby. Stay warm and safe and enjoy the 12 days of Christmas :)

betty said...

Your little granddaughter is so cute! Can't believe it has been 6 weeks since her birth! I liked that poem; another good one to print and save!


Linda :) said...

Awwwww, your newest granddaughter... so pretty... :)