Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,The flying cloud, the frosty light:The year is dying in the night;Ring out wild bells, and let him die.~~~~~~~~~~Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go;Ring out the false, ring in the true.
----Alfred Lord Tennyson
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Oh, if only I had known! Said the keeper of the inn. ~ But no hint to me was shown, And I didn't let them in. ~~~~~Yes, a star gleamed overhead, But I couldn't read the skies, And I'd given every bed to the very rich and wise.~~~~~ And she was so poorly clad, And he hadn't much to say! But no room for them I had, So I ordered them away.~~~~~She seemed tired, and it was late And they begged so hard, that I , Feeling sorry for her state, In the stable let them lie.~~~~~Had I turned some rich man out Just to make a place for them, T'would have killed, beyond a doubt, All my trade at Bethlehem.~~~~~Then there came the wise men three To the stable, with the morn, Who announced they'd come to see The great King who had been born.~~~~~And they brought Him gifts of myrrh, Costly frankincense and gold, And a great light shone on her In the stable, bleak and cold.~~~~~All my patrons now are dead And forgotten, but todayAll the world to peace is led By the ones I sent away.~~~~~It was my unlucky fate To be born that inn to own, Against Christ I shut my gate----Oh, if only I had known!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Today is December 1st - and I begin getting ready for Christmas. Up until now I have been getting ready for Thanksgiving - but that's over now. I just got out my Christmas cd's. My husband is putting up the outside lights. After that he is going to get the boxes out with inside decorations. We have an artificial tree - so I can begin decorating it right away. It's a big one and I can hardly wait to get started. I also have a skinny tree in my bedroom to decorate. I will be buying Christmas cards this week so we can get started on them. I will begin Christmas shopping soon. We do a lot of gift cards so that will make shopping easier. I've started to get excited now about Christmas. I will be happy to get my tree up and decorated. That is the highlight of the year. The Christmas Eve church service is the best part of the true meaning of Christmas. We will not have the family here this year - but it will be just as special. Christmas is from the heart and I will be happy to have it come anyway. So here goes - Welcome Christmas - I'm ready for you.