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It Was the Day before Christmas

It Was the Day before Christmas

Posted by A Little Angel on Dec 24th 2018

As a child, I heard a voice unlike the ones in my house or at school. It was my voice, a inner voice that spoke only to me, a voice that I felt more than I heard. I did not try and discover where the voice came from. I just listened and the voice came.

When I was a tiny tot, one of my favorite parts of Christmas Eve was having my mom read Christmas stories to us. Magical stories that transported us to faraway places, stories that told of the true meaning of Christmas. When I close my eyes at night, I still hear her voice soft and sweet as an angel, while I drifted off to sleep.

Now that I’m older, I have done the same with my children, and now that they are grown and as I await grandchildren, I look forward to another round. One's voice is a wonderful thing to share.

Here are my favorites in reverse order:

5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer of course.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

had a very shiny nose

and if you ever saw him

you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer

used to laugh and call him names.

They never let poor Rudolph

join in any reindeer games.” -Johnny Marks, songwriter

4. Drummer Boy, more of a song, but within its lyrics is a simple story of the meaning of gifts.

"Little baby 

Pa rum pum pum-pum 

I am a poor boy too 

Pa rum pum pum-pum 

I have no gift to bring 

Pa rum pum pum-pum 

That's fit to give our King 

Pa rum pum pum-pum 

Rum pum pum-pum 

Rum pum pum-pum 

Shall I play for you 

Pa rum pum pum-pum 

On my drum."

3. O'Henry's " The Gift of the Magi," a short story for grown ups who know that starting out is not always easy, but two togetherness and love is all that matters.

2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Let's frighten the bejeezus out of the kids with Dr. Seuss' story of what it would be like without Christmas. For good measure, throw in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Story.

1. The first Christmas story, The Birth of Jesus, Luke 2:1-12

"In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”