03 December 2017

Second Thoughts ~ Christmas Joys ~ Selecting a Christmas Tree

Happy Christmas Dear Reader,

“Never select a Christmas tree after dark.”

We all know the scene from A Christmas Story where they are selecting a Christmas tree.  I remember doing this as a boy.  It is true that selecting ones tree after dark is a gamble.

On the broader scale just as we need to avoid busyness we need to schedule things when they work.  We need to do them when they have the best hope of turning out well.  A way to find joy in the season is to plan well.  Put things where they will work not simply where they fit.

The tasks that accompany the season do not have to be dry and burdensome.  They can be moments of joy.  Find ways to control the process so that it is a pleasurable event not just a task to complete.  The joy is in savoring the moments.  It is in seeing what is there to appreciate and doing it.

Turn the mundane into an adventure even if it seems foolish.  You will find joy hidden in those moments that you may have overlooked.

Haul out the holly
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again
Fill up the stocking
I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now

For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Candles in the window
Carols at the spinet

Yes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
It hasn't snowed a single flurry
But Santa, dear, we're in a hurry

So climb down the chimney
Turn on the brightest string of light I've ever seen
Slice up the fruitcake
It's time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough

For I've grown a little leaner
Grown a little colder
Grown a little sadder
Grown a little older

And I need a little angel
Sitting on my shoulder
Need a little Christmas now

For we need a little music
Need a little laughter
Need a little singing
Ringing through the rafter

And we need a little snappy
"Happy ever after"
Need a little Christmas now

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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