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You’ve heard it before. It seems everyone is asked to complete the sentence from time to time – even as the final moments sneak by on Christmas eve.
I personally love the answers. Some wait for a certain movie to play (It’s a Wonderful Life, my favorite) or they wait for snow, the first Christmas card, a call from across the miles. Regardless, for most, there is a trigger that pulls them (sometimes kicking) into the spirit of these days.
Last weekend, I spent an uncomfortable amount of time at Home Depot. People were beginning to think I worked there. In fact, I helped one lady by pushing her cart to the registers.
And while I am rarely without the Christmas spirit (even in June), I was losing my taste for home renovation options!
But as I was searching for the appropriate aisle for molding, I realized the music had changed. O, they were playing Christmas music, albeit most of it was what I refer to as ‘retail’ Christmas music. But then, on the aisle between hinges and paint thinner, it changed – Joy to the World began playing. It was only the music, but I recognized it immediately. It was enough….
I’ll admit that I am a terrible singer (and a worse dancer), but I couldn’t resist. I began singing and the more I sang, the louder I became, and the more I felt Christmas cooling in my bones.
From one aisle to the next, I sang……..the first verse and then again (the only verse I knew for certain the words).
Since then, a co-worker gave me a tiny picture frame ornament; another, a sand and driftwood candle; and still another – a new birdhouse (guess they’ll be moving out of the grill), feeder, and ten pounds of wild birdseed.
Just this morning, as I made the turn beside a church on my way to work, two does stopped in their morning walk to watch me (hey you).
I feel it everywhere, but right here (pointing to heart) the most. It’s in all I do – hope, faith, family, angels, my daddy, the Smoky Mountains, evergreen, music, and love (always love).
Christmas is come………and I was home!!!
Merry Christmas to you. May your heart be filled to overflowing. Joy (sweet joy) to the world!
Merry Christmas to you too, Bobbie. Hope it will be the best ever for you and wishing you all the happiness and love your heart can hold, with enough left over to share with the world around you. Holiday Hugs !!! 🙂 – Himself. ……………………….xo
Thank you, Paul. May yours be filled with all you love most. Enjoy your family and let them enjoy you…
Merry Christmas to you, sweetheart.
Thanks, Millie. Hope yours is magical. I love you….
A very merry and happy Christmas to you, Bobbie. Next time I go to Home Depot, I’m gonna try a song in aisle 14.
You definitely should, Stephen. I’ll be listening for you… Merry Christmas, my desr one….
Remember when we used to travel for the holidays and the last thing you said before leaving was ring the phone twice when you are safely home…
Anytime i am traveling back home (even if its just 30 miles) , i call. When daddy was at the nursing home, he always insisted i leave before dark and call when i got home. I figure most of us worry our parents enough. Anything we can do to lessen their ache should be an honor…. Merry Christmas, Peter