Yes, Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat. Please put a penny in the old man’s hat! I can hear my Dad singing his favourite phrase before Christmas! I thought he was just being funny, but as I think about it today he also could have been warning us not to look for too much as we knew he couldn’t really afford a lot of gifts for six of us kids! However , I don’t ever remember a Christmas when there wasn’t some gift under the tree for each one of us. The most exciting that we all looked forward to was the kitchen table that was decorated with a plate of candy with each one of our names on them along with an orange! Talk about some excited kids! I really don’t know who was the most excited, Mom and Dad looking on as we searched for our name, or us kids!’ We also+had three uncles who would spend quite a few Christmases with us who also had a plate of candy with their names on them!
The next thing Dad would get his Bible and read the Story of Christmas and have prayer with us before breakfast, and then we could play with our toys! We would each get a coloring book and a box of crayons! I remember the first doll that I got for Christmas from Uncle Bob it was a black baby that I cherished for years! I don’t remember what he gave the others that year! I remember a Brownie Camera that my Dad got for me one year when I was Ten or twelve years old and I thought I was really grown up! Then when I was 14 years old, Mom made Joyce and I both felt skirts which were all the rage at that time! The boys usually got cap guns or some other kind of boy’s toys! When I was about 16 years old I started saving any money that I could make for Christmas gifts, and I got a sweater for Len and Dad.,which i hid under my bed upstairs, I started up to make sure they had not found them and Len pretended he was coming up so I started to turn around quickly and when I did i put my knee out of place. That was the second time for that knee to do that and Dad quickly put it back in place for me but it is a Christmas i’ll always remember!
Today Christmas doesn’t mean just getting a lot of gifts, I like the real meaning of Christmas so much better! It is the day we celebrate the Birthday of Jesus Christ! I am content to just have my family around on Christmas Day i know there may be days when this wi
ll not be possible! But Jesus is always there for me! In those times as long as I know everyone is well at home I will be content! Yes, if Christ tarries until the 25 . of Dec, I know that Christmas is coming!