Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Can I Wrap up Christmas This Year

Just wondering.... am I able to wrap up Christmas in a box. No doubt I have tried.

(I can't send the Christmas dinner - but I understand that will be served. )

I did send the stocking - complete and full with Christmas candy and little wrapped gifts.

I also sent a dvd - for the viewing pleasure. I sent cd's for music to fill the air.

I should have sent a candle - but really did not think that the soldiers would burn it.

I kept thinking, "surely there is something else we need to put in here. What else would he want?" (besides Brantley)

I just wanted to wrap up Christmas.

Well.... let me just quote one of my favorite children's Christmas stories. If you have been in the Warren house at Christmas time.... we have read it or quoted it for you...

It was quarter past dawn...
All the Whos, still a-bed
All the Whos, still a-snooze
When he packed up his sled,
Packed it up with their presents! The ribbons! The wrappings!
The tags! And the tinsel! The trimmings! The trappings!

Three thousand feet up! Up the side of Mount Crumpit,
He rode to the tiptop to dump it!
"Pooh-pooh to the Whos!" he was grinch-ish-ly humming.
"They're finding out now that no Christmas is coming!
"They're just waking up! I know just what they'll do!
"Their mouths will hang open a minute or two
"The all the Whos down in Who-ville will all cry BOO-HOO!"

"That's a noise," grinned the Grinch,
"That I simply must hear!"
So he paused. And the Grinch put a hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow...

But the sound wasn't sad!
Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn't be so!
But it WAS merry! VERY!

He stared down at Who-ville!
The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook!
What he saw was a shocking surprise!

Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!

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 three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

So...thanks to Dr. Seuss and Mr. Grinch....for the reminder. I cannot wrap up Christmas and send it. But it will come. For both sides of this world. And our family will sing and celebrate the Birth of our Savior - either here (in Alabama) in our usual "traditional" way or there (in Kuwait) in a new and different way. Regardless, Christmas will come and we will Rejoice!

For over two thousand years ago...God sent his Son - his only begotten Son - and gave us the first Christmas gift. Wrapped in swaddling clothes.

And the angels sang.

Glory to God in the highest! and on earth Peace, Goodwill to men.


Son, Brother, Fiancee, Friend, Soldier said...

dah who door a dah who door a welcome welcome christmas time!!!! or as jenifer said they are singing "JOY TO THA WOROLD"
Love yall and miss you this holiday season.

brantley said...

I wish I could wrap up every once of Christmas and send it to him. Hopefully he will still have a good Christmas...I know it won't be great...but maybe good.


Jenifer said...

I read this story with aubrey the other night and thought, one day I also will be able to quote this word for word. I am guessing you never even looked at the book to type this out :)

DeeDee said...

well...actually I did look it up....just to make sure that I had the wording correct.
But will be able to quote it one day...

And we always are reviewing Luke Chapter 2...

JustJessie said...

Aw, this brings tears to my eyes. I know it will be hard when I have to let my boys go, but the Lord willing I'll have them home with me for many years yet! No matter what you sent, I'm sure he'll feel the love that was sent with it.