Posted 12/10/2006 4:02 PM (GMT -7)
Rabbin had wrote this yrs ago and emailed it to me I was asked to share with you all
I think it is beautiful and I wish the images would show but am not sure if I did it right or if thats how it works ..........
Thanks my friend for sharing .......Luvs and God Bless You this Christmas and each day ...........Your loving friend and lil sis ........Lyn
Our First Christmas Tree..........
It was the day before Christmas that happened a long time ago. That time of the year, when folks look forward to a little snow. But on this Christmas Eve, our hearts were feeling tired and low, for we had to move during this winter’s worse snow! With our little baby girl, wrapped up nice and warm, looking as if she were ready to go. To me at that moment she looked like a tiny Eskimo!
During our move we stopped, just to catch our breath. As your mom and I wondered how this first Christmas Eve could possibly be one of the best? For the wind it continued to howl and a blinding snow, oh how it fell! And for what else might be coming on this dreary day, would be something hard to tell! And with all our moving we had no time to buy any Christmas from those whom wanting to sell. We only dreamed of how wonderful it could be, to take time to hear one of Santa’s sleigh bells! So tired from all the moving we both just huffed, and puffed and then gave things a heave; for that was it was on this, our family’s first Christmas Eve!
As this day it drudged on, and on, and we both grew more tired and weak, yet still hoping for a little Christmas, the kind that most of Christendom seek! As the sun began to set and the wind continued to blow. It was plain to see; that this Christmas was coming in, with one cold deep snow! It was now getting much colder with the coming of night, and there was a fog setting in, to add to our plight!
As your mother and I were putting away some boxes, that were stacked so high. There was no sign of a Christmas yet, but I knew from within my heart, I’d have to try! So sneaking from the house with a tear in my eye, only hoping to find something for my family, that I could afford to buy!
I just wanted to make a little Christmas joy, perhaps a gift, a tree or maybe a toy! This was our first Christmas, for your mom and me and with our baby girl, which made us a new family of three! But for us on this our first Christmas Eve, there would be no tree, for we had to move on Christmas, don’t you see! For as the cold wind, it blew so hard, and the snow it piled so high; it was easy to see that on this day, there’d be not one pumpkin pie!
It appeared that with this blinding snow that it was now mixing with a fog. I had to wonder how I’d no the difference between a Christmas tree, or some old log? As I snuck from the house to maybe find a tree, I suddenly realized I could barely see! So I slipped into my old car and just drove straight ahead, perhaps hoping to find Santa in his magical sled, for as a child I was told, that it was colored both green and red! Perhaps I was just hoping, to see some lights from such an imaginary sled! Hoping for a light that could come and clearly show me the way, for us all to follow the meaning of this, our Lord’s glorious day!
Through the thick haze on this cold and harsh night, I noticed that one store was still open, from it’s dimly lit light. For I had some money left to purchase some food, and perhaps a gift or two, to give to my brood! I stepped from my car and shouted, “Oh God”, now what do I do? For my feet were cold and one suddenly was wet through and through! It got wet from an old hole, that was in the bottom of my shoe! But we had no tree and I hoped I still had enough to make things do, at least for some cheese and crackers and maybe a little beef stew. So I paid the clerk, and wished him a Happy Christmas adieu. He looked up for just a moment, with his face looking grumpy or maybe he was just a bit shy, however he had a little Christmas twinkle in his eye!
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Still wanting to find someone else, who’d might open this late, who had not yet closed their doors or locked their gates! Hoping for someone who still may have a tree to sell, yet I knew I’d have better luck, throwing coins in a well! So slowly I drove west down Locust Street and further away from our home, when through the fog’s haze, I spotted a sign that was barely shown! The sign read, CHRISTMAS TREES FOR SALE, it was then that it started to hail! So I rolled my eyes, then I huffed, puffed and heaved. Now that was as it truly was, on this, our first Christmas Eve!
This tree lot was closing, with its workers wanting to beat the snow and hail! Wouldn’t you know it, there was only one tree left for sale! Small and puny, the trunk was crooked and the branches were few! Apparently nobody cared for it but for my girl, it would do! They had a few lights and some ornaments all scattered about , and at the sight of this, I paid for them giving a joyous shout. So with my few little Christmas treasures, down the street I slowly slipped and slid. Hoping that my little family would be pleased with all that I did?
Carrying just the groceries into the warmth of our newly rented home, not sure of how far into the cold night, I’d roamed? But happy to be back I emptied the groceries from the paper sack! I gave your mom a hug, then a smile and ended it all with a wink. Then I caressed our little girl, who was cute and cuddly, now all wrapped in pink! So we back to work I was helping putting things away! Knowing that they were still wondering, if Santa could come on such dreary Day? However again we kept on huffing, puffing and heaved. For that was as it was on our first Christmas Eve!
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Now to get that poor little tree that I hid out in the cold! I slipped back into the frigid night air; for Christmas Eve was now growing old! So quickly with my treasures I snuck back into the house, just like some small scurrying frightened little mouse! From a few things I could find, I made a stand from some old boards, some nails and one empty can! With its trunk so crooked, and its branches so bare, only a few ornaments, could give it some meaning or any Christmas flare! So when that was done, then we turned off the lights and lit our little tree, Oh God how beautiful that it all turned out to be! Our little girl stared, at it, like some distant star, as magic Christmas Carols were softly heard coming in from afar. Then we laid our baby under that first little tree, she rolled, laughed and wiggled, which gladden our hearts so much that it made us all giggle!
All of a sudden everything stopped and all I could hear was a faint ticking from our clock. I got up from the floor, looked out the windows, and rushed to the door! The wind and the snow had suddenly ceased. As though it had been taken away, by some bandit or thief! It was so quite and there was not a sound, and not one snowflake was seen falling to the ground! The fog had risen to only a light and yet mysterious haze. When suddenly the air filled with sounds of chimes and bells, singing in with His holy praise!
The streetlights reflected on the newly fallen snow. In its mist, it looked like specks of diamonds, that angles laid carefully in a row! So I called out to your mom, to come look and see, just what our first Christmas Eve has now turned out to be! With our tiny baby wrapped snug in her mothers arms, together a graceful picture of Holy Christmas charms! Gently I put my arms around the two, now between us was our little girl, who lay quietly as she smiling and cooed! I looked deep within your mothers’ bright eyes, gently kissing her warm and soft lips. Which to me it was like tasting from the cup of life, with small and tender sips!
Knowing that, her and I had become as one, and from this life between us now there was another one! It was then, when we made our vow, to make each and every Christmas just like the first, by loving one another and keeping away every earthly curse!
In the Christmas’s that followed, we were blessed with a son. Making our little family bigger, from that love of Christmas that had just begun! Now over the years many a Christmas have come and gone, some that were too short and yet some that were too long! From then on; on each Christmas Eve, a tree was always put within its special place! The tree was filled with ornaments that draped with garland and lace. Then we’d add puffs of cotton, to remember, our First Christmas Eve and all those snowflakes!
On each Christmas morning our children always woke early from their beds, to see that tree and un-wrap their gifts, bundled with greens and reds! Now that’s how it was and how it was to always be, from that first precious beginning, of our first Christmas Eve!
Now that you’re mother and you children are all grown and gone form me, those loving memories of that first Christmas Eve and its little tree that nobody wanted but you and me! Those memories are now buried deep within my heart, and never will they go and from me never will they part! Now think of it, do my words come from the wisdom of a Psalm or have I become enchanted with a past, for which I no longer belong?
Perhaps I’m one of the last or maybe just a few of the first, but these were my choices that some may call a curse! Now in saying all this with all humility, think how strange the world would be, if all of you, just thought of Christmas like me?
But to make it clear, as each day passes always remember that year. Remember that time with all our huffing, puffing and of how hard we all heaved. For that was as it truly was, on this our first Christmas Eve! From this I hope that many can learn and for my children, I hope they were pleased! And that they never forget the true meaning of our first Christmas Eve!
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The gift I have just given to you comes from the gift of love, which is the source of all life that comes from heaven above.
Merry Christmas From A Loving Father
To One and To All!
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The End............David .....Rabbin