nless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white.’
- Bing Crosby
Some words stay in the mind, reminding me of stories, movies, songs and people I love… echoing heart and laughter, turning the ordinary into blessings to be shared…
Growing up, my sister and I often found ourselves memorizing the lines of our favorite movies and shows, simply by watching them over and over… something I’ve delighted in sharing with my friends’ children. And in seeing them discover and fall in love with classic treasures… just like me. It only takes a trigger word to get us going sometimes…rolling with laughter as we remember some of the best. And loving to quote with just the right, often hysterical, inflection…(I’m thinking of you, Meg…and grinning)
Today, I’d like to bless you with some of the most beautiful lines reverberating inside me this week. Just a glimpse of the treasure you can find in Samuel Goldwyn’s The Bishop’s Wife – a warm and engaging charmer I can never miss during this season!
May these tender words sing inside you now…. as they do in me. And if you get a chance to watch this one, I can only say – don’t miss it!
“Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.
Once upon a midnight clear there was a child’s cry. A blazing star hung over a stable and wise men came with birthday gifts.
We haven’t forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts.
But especially with gifts.
You give me a book. I give you a tie.
Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange-squeezer. And Uncle Henry could do with a new pipe.
Oh, we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled.
All that is except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up.
A stocking for the child born in a manger. It’s His birthday we are celebrating. Don’t let us ever forget that.
Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then let each one put in his share…
Loving kindness …Warm hearts …And the stretched out hand of tolerance.
All the shining gifts that make peace on earth.”
– David Niven,with a little “heavenly” help from Cary Grant , in The Bishop’s Wife
Mmmm… What shared blessing is making your Christmas ‘white’ this season?