Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Ten Christmas's


Ten Christmas's from now
you won't remember how many lights you put up,
how many cards you got back,
or how many parties you were invited to.
It won't matter if it snowed on Christmas Eve,
or if anyone came late for Christmas dinner.
No one will recall how much time and money you spent shopping,
or how nicely you wrapped the gifts.
It won't be important anymore that your house
wasn't always neat and tidy
when company stopped by to visit.
Ten Christmas's from now
you'll only remember baking cookies with the kids, 
drinking hot chocolate after Christmas Mass,
and stealing kisses under the mistletoe
with the one you love.
You'll still remember visiting old friends,
reading Christmas Stories to the children,
and calling your grandmother to tell her 
how much you loved the afghan she crocheted for you.
When you close your eyes ten Christmas's from now
you'll still be smiling when you remember the looks on their faces
when your children woke up
on Christmas morning
and discovered that Santa had eaten all the cookies 
they left out for him.
Ten Christmas's from now the only memories you'll cherish
will be the ones you hold in your heart.
The smiles, the laughter, the joy, the singing,
and the hugs.

Christmas is love.  
Fill your heart with it.

Happy Holidays to all my friends and Readers.
Here's hoping that 2005 will be a great year for all of us!


cafeteome said...

Lisa...Thank you for this entry! It's almost as tho you read my mind! Just a few days ago I found out that I am hosting 18 people for Christmas dinner. I'm totally stressed out because 1) my house is a mess 2) I have so much food shopping that 3) won't fit in my fridge and 4) I have to work Thursday so nothing will get done  and 5) I'm not done shopping and 6) I haven't wrapped a damn thing! Thank you for bringing it into focus for me! Who gives a damn if my floors aren't clean or if my furniture doesn't have that Pledge shine?! NOT ME!! LOL!! Thanks again, Lisa! Merry Christmas to you and yours! Love, Sharon

danielled1 said...

How very true!


alphawoman1 said...

Merry Christmas to you too Lisa.

kymllr said...

Boy you are sure right. I needed the reminder. Giant hugs and may you and yours have a wonderful Christmas

somenuttychic said...

Awwwwww. Now you've gone and made me tear up. Merry Christmas, Lisa. And a a happy (healthy, prosperous and just generally joy filled) new year!

andreakingme said...

I'm late (pant, pant), but I thank you for this entry all the same! What a wonderful and true nudge-nudge about what the holidays are about. It's just like you to post it! Poifect.

And yes, may 2005 be a great year for all of us. At the very least, better than 2004, huh?!

tuggertoo2 said...

Loved your journal-so true! tuggertoo2