If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, 
Strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, 
But do not show love to my family, 
I’m just another decorator. 

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, 
Preparing gourmet meals 
And arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, 
But do not show love to my family, 
I’m just another cook. 

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home 
And give all that I have to charity, 
But do not show love to my family, 
It profits me nothing. 

If I trim the spruce tree with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, 
Attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata, 
But do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point. 

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.  Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. 

Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated 
Christmas china and table linens. 

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, 
but is thankful they are there to be in the way. 

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, 
but rejoices in giving to those who can’t. 

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 

Love never fails. 

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust…. 
But giving the gift of love will endure. 
You can give without loving, 
but you cannot love without giving. 

(email forward~I love this!)

2 Responses

  1. This was beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing!

    ——Shay :o)

    Hello Shay!
    Thanks for stopping by!
    I really love your way of doing Christmas shopping with the kids. Jedd’s family does waaaaay too much. My family-I just buy for a select few and then we all donate to the Cancer Society.

    Please stop by more often!


  2. Thank you! :o)

    I will try to visit more often!

    Your welcome. I hope so. And ditto for me visiting you too! WOOF!

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