Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas All Year Long

"Said the night wind to the little lamb, do you see what I see?  Way up in the sky, little lamb... a star, a star, dancing in the night with a tail as big as a kite."  -Do You Hear What I Hear?

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!  A little late... but Merry Christmas just the same.
"Star of wonder, star of night.  Star with royal beauty bright.  Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light."  -We Three Kings

We're actually in Vietnam this week running around in the jungle, taking cable cars up impossible mountains to explore caves and trek temples...
"City sidewalks, busy sidewalks. Dressed in holiday style.  In the air there's a feeling of Christmas.  Children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile, and on every street corner you'll hear."  -Silver Bells

We've even floated down rivers on little wooden canoes and fished for our supper on sandy shores.
"It's the most wonderful time, of the year. They'll be much mistletoeing and hearts will be glowing when loved ones are near..."  -The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

But no matter where we go, Chirstmas is always so close in my heart.  In fact, I kind of secretly sing Christmas songs in my head all year long.
"Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle-doves..."  -Twelve Days of Christmas

Of course, Christmas in the Hartenstein family means heading to Colton to sit in Grammy and Grampy's house beside the fire and the huge tree decorated so amazing, with yummy pies and perfectly wrapped gifts and there's always a hint of snow...
"Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay.  Close by me forever and love me I pray.  Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, and fit us to heaven to live with Thee there."  -Away in a Manger

We sit together and sing around the piano, used to before Mom's fingers would cramp up with all the cooking, and then open to Mathew and Luke to read the Birth of Christ.  These are the family traditions I know will always live on.
"Later on, we'll conspire, as we dream by the fire. To face unafraid, the plans that we've made. Walking in a winter wonderland." -Winter Wonderland

You can't always be where you want or surrounded with whom you wish.  But Christmas is that one day in the year where you dream as big as you want and wish for the impossible.  It matters nothing if you're a child sitting beside a blinking tree and stockings hung by a fire, or a forty-year old with children of his own resting his legs up on broken stones outside a mountain stuppa.  It's Christmas, and everyone is allowed to dream.

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