The Night Before Christmas



’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through our house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse, except for the chipmunk who lived in the attic for about seven years now.

Frankie and Buddy’s stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nickolas soon would be there.

My husband’s asleep in his favorite chair, snoring so loud as if anyone would care.

My daughter’s all nestled and snug in her bed, while visions of sugarplums dance in her head.

Buddy the dog was asleep on the loveseat, but if you turned and looked, one eye would open, hoping for a treat.

As I sit on the couch, I wonder if my job is all done? Oh, not to worry, this is so much fun.

I think I’ll have a sip of milk and a nibble of the cookies on the fireplace shelf, and are all the gifts under the tree? What about the small ones for the stockings? Oh, where can they be? Every year, I find something I put away from the year before. Could it be my vision is poor? Or maybe my mind doesn’t remember what they were for.

It’s almost midnight, so I must hurry. I put on my PJs and I jump into bed.

I open the Book to Luke 2:9-11 and read, “and behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the Glory of the Lord shone around them. “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Happy Birthday Jesus.

Wishing each and everyone of you a very blessed and Merry Christmas.

Let’s not forget the true meaning of this holiday.

In a time when the economy is the worst it has ever been. Where people are losing their jobs and their homes. It is time to realize just what Christmas is all about. Everyone is in a hurry to find that special gift, the biggest gift, the most expensive gift. Stop and think of those who may not be able to have a Christmas, stop and think about those who don’t know where their next meal will come from, or how they will clothe their children, and the next time you pass a Santa ringing a bell just drop anything you can in the bucket. It doesn’t have to be a lot for it all adds up if everyone would just put in a little. When you pass an angel tree, take an angel off and purchase a gift for that child for it may be all they get for Christmas. Put coats and blankets in the boxes for those that need warm clothes and give to the local food banks for those who may need a meal, and feel the magic of Christmas and see just how good giving will make you feel.

Mikey Marazza


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