White Christmas

Each year we watch the White Christmas movie with Bing Crosby. If I was asked what my favorite movie is, that would be it.

Couple fun facts – The number one best-selling song of all time (pop, rock, country and all categories) is White Christmas. It has sold over 50 million copies. The best-selling Christmas album of all time is Elvis Presley’s 1957 Christmas album. It has sold 17 million copies.

What does Christmas mean to you? For me, it is the yearly reminder to hold close those you love. Tell them openly and repeatedly that you love them. Let there be no question of their place in your heart. It’s a time of reflection on what is most important in our life. It’s also the opportunity for acknowledgement of those less fortunate that you help and show the way.

We have always heard that it is more joyful to give than to receive. There is not a truer word spoken. Give a gift to a sick child, homeless person, single mother trying her best, an elderly homebound special person, and then you can see the truth of that statement. It removes all doubt that it is in fact, more joyful to give than to receive.

Hug your children tight whether they are young or grown. If you still have your parents, hopefully you can tell them you love them. Elaine and I can’t do this now. We both lost the last of our parents in 2023. Seek out that neighbor, friend, colleague, boss and give them the blessing of your kind words on what they mean to you.

2024 will be here soon enough with its own divisiveness, civil unrest and steaming news stories about who said what and who did or didn’t do something. The bible says in Matthew 6:34 “therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

While you can, enjoy this Christmas season and never ever forget the impact God has had on your life. Isaiah 43:18-19 says “Do not call to mind the former things or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new. It will spring forth and you will not even be aware of it. I will even make a roadway in the wilderness or rivers in the desert.” The meaning – he can do anything and straighten out the most complicated of issues. He is your heavenly father who loves you. KT

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