Saturday, December 11, 2010

bell ringer

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"Santa's coming!" is a phrase my friend, Sue Warnke, says this time of year. She exclaims it with such flair, you can't help but smile.

This is one of the things I think of when I think of Christmas, along with the smell of chimney smoke outside, eggnog lattes, Salvation Army bell ringers, and holiday lights.

What reminds you that Christmas is near?

Is it funny robot statues constructed out of mailing boxes, like the one at our local post office?:

Or is it hearing Christmas classics over the sound system at your neighborhood grocery chain? (If you're lucky, you have a guy at your store who plays his keyboard by the deli section):

Perhaps it's the snow on your backyard bird house, wreaths on your neighbors' front doors, poinsettias and nativity scenes lining the stage at your church, pinecones & evergreen sprigs that somehow found their way inside your house, untangling and sorting through strands of twinkle lights, or the twenty five bags of clothing and shoes you collected to send to missionaries in Ukraine that is sitting in piles in your basement waiting to be packed for shipping?

Wait, what were we talking about?

Oh yeah, Santa's coming!

Tonight I joined several older folks from our church for a round of Christmas caroling in the community. My group went to Medina Hospital and we walked each floor while we sang, including a few special numbers for one of our fellow congregants in Room 205 and a little girl in the pediatric wing. The sweet child was a tiny bit overwhelmed at all the faces grinning at her, but seemed to warm up to us after we sang 'the moose song' that one of our members (an elementary school teacher) came up with on the fly. I quite like the idea of including a song about a moose with songs about snow, sleigh bells and a baby in a manger.

Well, whatever it is that reminds you of Christmas, I hope it's something wonderful. I hope you experience joy and love shown to you freely this holiday season, and that you do the same for others.

After all, sharing is caring.

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