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This is a fellowship thread for everything about Christmas. Post anything you like to about Christmas. Everyone who posts will get some CH Cash.

This year for Christmas I am not going to my brother's because him and his wife are going to visit their kids out of state for the holidays. This is the first time ever they have done this around Christmas. Any way my sister in law's brother has invited me over for Christmas. I don't think I can take my dog Suzy there because he has cats and he's afraid what might happen between the cats and the dog. If I go I'm not going to stay very long, oh well, I don't really know how long I will be there. lol
 
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Christmas for me is a very quiet time, laid back. Have ham and go to church and that is pretty much it. I love this time of year though
 

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I like this time of year now but didn't for a long time because of a sudden death in the family around Christmas about 29 years ago. I have healed and now enjoy Christmas again. Do you have company on Christmas Bill?
 

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The Three Kings - Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Three Kings came riding from far away,
Melchior and Gaspar and Baltasar;
Three Wise Men out of the East were they,
And they travelled by night and they slept by day,
For their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star.

The star was so beautiful, large, and clear,
That all the other stars of the sky
Became a white mist in the atmosphere,
And by this they knew that the coming was near
Of the Prince foretold in the prophecy.

Three caskets they bore on their saddle-bows,
Three caskets of gold with golden keys;
Their robes were of crimson silk with rows
Of bells and pomegranates and furbelows,
Their turbans like blossoming almond-trees.

And so the Three Kings rode into the West,
Through the dusk of night, over hill and dell,
And sometimes they nodded with beard on breast
And sometimes talked, as they paused to rest,
With the people they met at some wayside well.

"Of the child that is born," said Baltasar,
"Good people, I pray you, tell us the news;
For we in the East have seen his star,
And have ridden fast, and have ridden far,
To find and worship the King of the Jews."

And the people answered, "You ask in vain;
We know of no king but Herod the Great!"
They thought the Wise Men were men insane,
As they spurred their horses across the plain,
Like riders in haste, and who cannot wait.

And when they came to Jerusalem,
Herod the Great, who had heard this thing,
Sent for the Wise Men and questioned them;
And said, "Go down unto Bethlehem,
And bring me tidings of this new king."

So they rode away; and the star stood still,
The only one in the gray of morn
Yes, it stopped, it stood still of its own free will,
Right over Bethlehem on the hill,
The city of David where Christ was born.

And the Three Kings rode through the gate and the guard,
Through the silent street, till their horses turned
And neighed as they entered the great inn-yard;
But the windows were closed, and the doors were barred,
And only a light in the stable burned.

And cradled there in the scented hay,
In the air made sweet by the breath of kine,
The little child in the manger lay,
The child, that would be king one day
Of a kingdom not human but divine.

His mother Mary of Nazareth
Sat watching beside his place of rest,
Watching the even flow of his breath,
For the joy of life and the terror of death
Were mingled together in her breast.

They laid their offerings at his feet:
The gold was their tribute to a King,
The frankincense, with its odor sweet,
Was for the Priest, the Paraclete,
The myrrh for the body's burying.

And the mother wondered and bowed her head,
And sat as still as a statue of stone;
Her heart was troubled yet comforted,
Remembering what the Angel had said
Of an endless reign and of David's throne.

Then the Kings rode out of the city gate,
With a clatter of hoofs in proud array;
But they went not back to Herod the Great,
For they knew his malice and feared his hate,
And returned to their homes by another way.
The Three Kings
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
 

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I like this time of year now but didn't for a long time because of a sudden death in the family around Christmas about 29 years ago. I have healed and now enjoy Christmas again. Do you have company on Christmas Bill?
No Ruth, as I said it is quiet for me. I like the poem, hadnt seen that before
 

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Hopefully my wife and I make it to Seattle to see my daughter and family.
 

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I usually travel to the coast to visit my younger son and his wife at Christmas time.
 

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No Ruth, as I said it is quiet for me. I like the poem, hadnt seen that before
Glad you liked it Bill. This is the first time I saw it, too.

Hopefully my wife and I make it to Seattle to see my daughter and family.
My brother is going to Washington state, too. I hope you have a real nice time.

I usually travel to the coast to visit my younger son and his wife at Christmas time.
That sounds good!
 

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Christmas is such an awesome time with family. :)
 

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Christmas is such an awesome time with family. :)
Yes it is George. I won't be with my family of origin this year but will be with other family.
 

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Cradle Hymn - Poem by Martin Luther

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay—
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus! look down from the sky,
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.
 

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Such a joyous time of the year, I just love the decorations
 

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Drummer Boy is always a mood lifter
 

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The city always put lights up around the main shopping area which is always enjoyable. I think it's the atmosphere more than anything I enjoy.
 

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Drummer Boy is always a mood lifter
Yes I particularly like this version for it's toe tap ability. LOL. I learned that song when I was in elementary school, and it is one of my favorite Christmas Carols.
 

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I have always liked the Temptations
 

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I like their 1980 Christmas album especially. I always play it during Christmas time.
 

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I love trimming the tree. There is nothing quite like having the fresh scent of pine when you wake up in the morning.
 
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