Here we are at last. Christmas week. Are the stockings hung by the chimney with care in your house? They are in mine. But Christmas will be a bit different for me this year. Mom is in long term nursing care. Oldest daughter and her family will be elsewhere. My family won't be having our annual Christmas Eve gathering. Life is always changing, isn't it? I can take it during the rest of the year, but I do hate changes at Christmas. I want my traditions to remain, year after year after year.
That really bad cold I came back with from my supposed-holiday turned out to be a very nasty flu/upper respiratory infection. It put me into bed for all of the last week. I had coughing fits that would last two hours, and there were times I felt like I would never be able to draw another decent breath. No fun, especially since I had revisions that were supposed to be done. But as of this writing, the antibiotics seem to be doing their job and I finally had a night of good sleep. I didn't wake up once from coughing last night. Thank You, Jesus.
I have many wishes for all of you this Christmas. I pray that you will be surrounded by those you love and who love you. I pray that you will stop in the hurry and bustle and remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season. I pray that your hearts will overflow with the wonder at the gift God gave to us in His Son. And may that wonder and joy fill your lives throughout the coming year.
And now, for silliness sake, here is a holiday quiz, just to keep your wits sharp as you do all the last minute shopping and baking. Don't worry. It won't tax your brain too much. (Answers at the bottom of the post.)
- Counting Rudolph, how many reindeer are there?
- Where did there arise such a clatter?
- What holiday film annually appears on television more than 300 times?
- After red and green, what are the two most popular Christmas colors?
- Where was Mommy when she was kissing Santa Claus?
- What parade was first held on January 1, 1886?
- What is the biggest selling Christmas single of all time?
- What was the gift my true love sent to me on the 6th day?
- What one reindeer is never mentioned in The Night Before Christmas?
- What did the Grinch use as a substitute for a reindeer?
Let me know how many you got right in the comments section.
Answers: (1) Nine; (2) On the lawn; (3) It's a Wonderful Life; (4) Silver and Gold; (5) Underneath the mistletoe; (6) Tournament of Roses; (7) "White Christmas"; (8) Six geese a laying; (9) Rudolph; and (10) His dog.