Monday, December 6, 2010

Simple Christmas

Christmas is not a holiday, a date on the calendar, or a week off work.
There is no need to get flustered, stressed, and bent-out-of-shape.
Christmas is a feeling...
One down deep inside the heart; an emotion that expresses love and kindness.

It cannot be found in the lights, the tinsel, or in all the hoopla of shopping and running around.
It’s a celebration of a gift that was given to each and every one of us.
It was the best gift that could be given and one that cannot be matched or out done.
It was wrapped in a swaddling wrapping, tied up in a bundle of joy and hope.
It did not cost any amount of money but remains priceless to this day.
It can be opened by anyone just for accepting it and is offered with no expectations only that we share it with others.
We only have to receive it, open our hearts, and let it fill us with its spirit…
The Christmas Spirit.

The love that came in a small package is such a great and simple Christmas pleasure. The simplest of pleasures given and seen and even felt at Christmastime.
As simple as…

A mother’s joyful tear as she watches her child
Colorful twinkling lights that shine in the night
The warmth that removes the winter cold from our hearts
The pure innocence of a little child
Believing without seeing
Homemade gifts, stitched, baked, crafted, loved
The wonder, excitement, and jingle
Carefully thought out Christmas lists and wishes
The unwrapping of love
Aromas that make the heart warm up
The reason for the season
A peace that passes our own understanding
Giving with no expectations
The gift, the ultimate gift

May you find that gift, not under your tree, but in your heart this Christmas!

Christmas Blessings,
Cora

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ~ Dr. Seuss



14 comments:

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

what a lovely post....and i LOVE your christmas header...

sending love,
kary and teddy
xxx

A Box of Chocolates said...

ooh i spy you in the reflection of the christmas bauble, cute. A lovely post too and the photo is fantastic. You are right Christmas is a feeling a heartfelt feeling a time for family and love and thanks. Have a great Christmas Cora

Julie Harward said...

A beautiful post Cora, I just loved it with all it's truths...enjoy this awesome month! :D

Christine said...

A special post, Cora, that really touches on the true spirit of this lovely season!
Blessings to you
Christine

Marydon said...

So beautifully written Cora ~

Have a lovely winters eve ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Erin Wallace said...

This is a lovely post and xmacks of Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas (my favorite holiday special moment). Let us all remember the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, born in a manger, as a sacrifice for all of our souls.

country girl said...

Dear Cora,

This touched my heart. Thank you so much for these inspiring words.

xo Dawn

GWENDOLYN KAY said...

Beautiful and heart warming post.
Blessings~
Gwenny

Sares said...

You always write the most beautiful and inspirational posts Cora. I loved it. I hope the days are finding you full of all the joys of the season!

Sewn With Grace said...

So true and so beautiful to read! Blessings!

jackie said...

how loving to read...lots of hugs my friend!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Ooooh Miss Cora, how I've missed you and the way you bring a sparkle to my life through your creative words and photos.
My greatest joy....the picture of your kitties sippin' on what looks to be a bowl of turkey broth perhaps.
I got such a chuckle over that bubble cartoon turkey floating over their heads...too cute.

It's good to be back, I hope you get a chance to stop by for a visit.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Krishana said...

What an incredibly beautiful blog you have here! I am so blessed to have stumbled upon it today via Sewn with Grace. I will definitely be back again for another visit soon!

Angie Berry said...

This is a lovely post Cora! What a sweet reminder of the amazing, free gift that God wants us all to enjoy.

I love the vintage look of this picture, it is beautiful (even with all the pinks, ha)!