Special Delivery Letter for Christmas Day!
Is it any surprise that I LOVE Norman Rockwell? 🙂
Oh, does this picture make me itch to draw one like it!
Love the beautiful face of the dog that SO reminds me of one I cherished growing up.
Love the new (obviously!) pajamas all are sporting on this festive day!
Love the birds and feeder on tender snow-laced branches… perched there as if to sing their own glory to the day!
Love the hint of colonial to this home!
Most of all…
Love the 1940’s sheers, the holly wreath framing the wonderment on the faces of this family as they greet Christmas morn!
What are they looking out on so rapturously?
|Very gay they were with snow and sleigh-bells, holly-boughs, and garlands, below, and Christmas sunshine in the winter sky above. All faces shone, all voices had a cheery ring, and everybody stepped briskly on errands of good-will. ~Louisa May Alcott, “Seamstress,” Work: A Story of Experience, 1873|
- A snowfall to powder their world like sugar to a cake?
- The arrival of longed for guests?
- Is the dad preparing something unexpected down below? Stringing lights?
- Is the postman bringing a last minute gift delivered on Christmas Day?
Or are they, like Ebenezer, simply giddy with delight upon waking to celebrate the day of Love’s Pure Light Dawning?
Are they overwhelmed with utter joy as angels on high on the first Christmas, bursting with songs to the newborn King?
Can they see the stable of long ago in their minds and hearts, as if looking into a snow globe diorama, beholding the new parents gazing with starry eyes upon the tiny babe now in their arms?
Do they sense the fresh wonder of Christmas in and on the air, dancing as snowflakes, lightly, softly, gaily? Hear the music in it, like trumpets and flutes announcing… listen!
Silent night, holy night sings sweetly on the midnight… and, now, in the morning —
The Christmas bells from hill to hill
Answer each other in the mist!
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Oh, let us greet this morn with wonderment, turn to the Father to pour out His Glory in and on us and ours with new life, fresh light, joyous healing! In and upon us, our towns and nation and peoples of our world. On earth as it is in Heaven…
Sing to God your hymns of gladness!
Yea, our Lord born this happy day!
Celebrating Him as all we want for Christmas!
Merry Christmas Blessings to you
as you look out upon your morn!
This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone. ~Taylor Caldwell
Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home! ~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night, and lo the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid, and the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior, tis Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.’
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
~ Linus 🙂 , from Luke 2
© Pam Depoyan
Spotlight on a fellow blogger
When you have a moment, I recommend hopping over to read this beauty from Faith Barista! Her remembrance of her teacher and a President portray God’s tender heart this Christmas….