Good morning from the lakeside deck ~ we have rain!
Christmas is coming in two days~ Stocking gifts of apples, oranges, pecans and candy canes filled my childhood. Yes ~ they were truly special and treasured gifts for us. Would they still be treasured today? We take so much for granted!

Merry Christmas during this Holy Week ~ Holy Friday 

When we were growing up on Christmas Eve, my Dad would take Katy and I to downtown Seminole so we could Christmas shop. 

Dad would give each of us cash to buy Maude a special Christmas gift ~ (I don’t remember the exact amount, but we each held a hand-full of green back dollars). However, what I do remember is the magical and special time we had with my dad!

My father shared his time & love with us and in honor of our mother. Kindness to others was taught to us. Dad and Mom always helped train “jumpers” or travelers, gypsies, immigrants and people who were were in-between jobs ~ strangers. People came from all over to Maude’s back yard where she fed them. Our house was known as a safe stop on people’s way through town. 

As the holy family, was looking for a place to stay, it was only by the kindness of a stranger that they found shelter! ~ 

May homeless families also find help this Christmas ~ a warm meal, clothing, shelter or a place to stay if needed through the help of others around them.  

May we reach out to the strangers in our communities to show them the love and kindness that was shown by Christ ~ such as we are called to show to others. 

May you have a blessed Christmas! 

I hope you can gather with others around you and come together in this Christmas tradition of celebrating our hope and love ~ the birth of Jesus.