Monday, December 12, 2011

The Priceless Gift of Christmas!

With thanks to Helen Steiner Rice

 Now Christmas is a season for joy and merrymaking,

A time for gifts and presents, for giving and for taking,

A festive, friendly, happy time when everyone is gay -

But have we ever really felt the Greatness of the Day?

Just not too far from where we live is a house in Appelbaar Street - an ordinary house, in an ordinary suburb. South African homes are generally not decorated on the outside at Christmas time. But this house is transformed, every year, into a magical place - a mass of sparkling lights! A place where children are whisked away into a land of lights and laughter! A place that's bright and gleaming, bringing family and friends AND strangers together!  A place where we freely enjoy priceless gifts - bonding, laughing, talking, singing - being together!

Merry, Merry Christmas, one and all!


Firefly said...

Some people really go out and make an effort. It must cost them a bundle, but its worth it if you can do it.

Love Bears All Things said...

I like to see Christmas lights in neighborhoods unless they're over the top.
We watched a program on TLC the other night which showed light extravaganzas around the world....with some I think it was an obsession...
Mama Bear

Nicole S. Powell said...

Thank you Helen Steiner Rice for this poem full of love and joy for the Holiday Season. I have recited this poem every Christmas Season since I was 9 years old. There is always an opportunity to share God's Gift of Christmas and I have through your words.

Nicole Powell

Firefly said...

We're heading out on holiday on Saturday so I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I have done forward posts for both my blogs so they will still come up on your feeds every day, I just won't be commenting as I'm not taking the laptop along.

~ The Country Mouse ~ said...

Hope you had a great holiday!

Happy New Year, Janet.

Avril said...

Hi Janet - haven't popped by for ages. How are you and your family? Hope you all had a blessed family Christmas and all the best for this year.

Lovely photos of that amazing house! Jeanette took the boys to see it. We went last year. It's an amazing isn't it!!!

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