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Shopping for the Christmas Holidays

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 Mama decided she would shop for the presents when we returned for Christmas at Grandma's.  Mama and Grandma left early this morning on their shopping trip.  I was still in bed when they left.
Jeffery, Michael, and I decided to play games and watch television until they returned.  Daddy helped Papa clean out the outdoor storage shed.

Mama and Grandma returned home without any presents.  They did bring home dinner.  It was two large pizzas.  It was unlike Grandma not to cook after all she had been shopping all day.

"Mama where are the presents?" I asked curiously.

"You have to wait until Christmas morning,"  Mama replied.

I just sighed and went to the dining room.  The pizza was just what I needed to forget about the presents.  The rest of the evening we sit down as Grandma read Christmas poem to us.  She read a favorite poem.

Christmas Morning
Eugene Field   1850 - 1895

The angel host that sped last night;
Bearing the wondrous news afar,
Came in their ever-glorious flight
Unto a slumbering little star.

'Awake and sing, O star!' they cried.
Awake and glorify the morn!
Herald the tidings afar and wide--
He that shall lead His flock is born!'

The little star a woke and sung
As only stars in rapture may,
And presently where church bells hung
The joyous tidings found their way.

'Awake, O bells!  't is Christmas morn--
Awake and let thy music tell
To all mankind that now is born
What Shepherd loves His lambkins well!'

Then rang the bells as fled the night
O'er dreaming land and drowsing deep,
And coming with the morning light,
They called, my child, to you asleep.

Sweetly and tenderly they spoke,
And lingering round your little bed,
Their music pleaded till you woke,
And this is what their music said:

'Awake and sing! 'tis Christmas morn,
Whereon all earth salutes her King!
In Bethlehem is the Shepherd born.
Awake, O little lamb, and sing!'

So, dear my child, kneel at my feet,
And with those voices from above
Share thou this holy time with me,
The universal hymn of love.

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As we get into the holiday season, I find myself humming Christmas carols throughout the day.  My wish for the world during this time has always been for peace, love, and joy for everyone.  There is much to be thankful for every day. 

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Shopping for the Christmas Holidays


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