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O Little Town of Bethlehem December 20, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Gratitude, Home & Garden.
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Years ago, we hosted an Open House each year during the holidays for friends, family, co-workers, and the occasional random acquaintance.

One year, my best friend’s father attended and gave me the little red Santa as a hostess gift. Always happy to add another Santa to my growing collection, I thanked him for the kind gesture.

A few days later, while moving the gift from Point A to Point B, I turned it over and noticed an inscription on the bottom ~ My First Santa, by E Dix

As the words sunk in, I realized he had hand-carved the Santa just for me! 

A more profuse and effusive “THANK YOU!!!” followed the discovery.

O Little Town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight

Another Christmas craft idea ~ use paint, markers, crayons, or colored pencils to create a “Shaker” tree standing in a spool of thread with simple hearts and stars dangling from its branches. 

May you delight in the light and love so evident at this festive time of year.

For a darling Christmas poem (written from a child’s perspective) . . . check out The Longest Wait on Fantasy Fic.

For a darling Christmas poem (written from a parent’s perspective) . . . check out ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on Write Up My Life.