December Daily | Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve... OH MY GOODNESS!  This December Daily has been truly an adventure of
GOODNESS... Goodness for Goodness sake... YES indeed!  A crazy, busy project that requires time and time one must commit in order to complete this baby.  Whew! So happy to have said all that,  It definately needed to be said so the weight can come off.  hehe.  Ok, Ok, seriously, I really really really learned so much about... the importance of documenting not only the big moments throughout the season but the little things as well,
  1. the cup of cocoa..
  2. the time cuddling watching a Christmas lol movie..
  3. the meaning of giving..
  4. the appreciation of now..
  5. the excitement watching presents grow under the tree..
  6. the anticipation of advent..
  7. the daily dose of chocolate..
  8. the saying "Merry Christmas" to everyone you meet..
  9. the art journal turned Christmas 'wish list'..
  10. the Christmas twinkle lights..
  11. the hot cocoa drinking during a Christmas light tour..
  12. the hope of Christmas to others.
  13. the begging to eat unlimited Christmas candy..
  14. the mess in the kitchen after cookie creating..
  15. the wrapping... and more wrapping..
  16. the checklists... ugh, the checklists..
  17. the love..
  18. the thoughts..
  19. the hugs..
  20. the smiles..
  21. the laughter..
  22. the family..
  23. the JOY..
  24. the TRUE meaning of CHRISTmas!
{For the journaling on my pages I added the timeless poem...}

Twas the Night Before Christmas
Original by: Troy Sentinel 1823

1 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house,
2 Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
3 The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
4 In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
5 The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
6 While visions of sugar plums danc'd in their heads,
7 And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
8 Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap-
9 When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
10 I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
11 Away to the window I flew like a flash,
12 Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash.
13 The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
14 Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below;
15 When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
16 But a minature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer,
17 With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
18 I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
19 More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
20 And he whistled, and shouted, and call'd them by name:
21 "Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer, and Vixen,
22 "On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blixem;
23 "To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
24 "Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
25 As dry leaves before the wild hurricane fly,
26 When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
27 So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
28 With the sleigh full of Toys - and St. Nicholas too:
29 And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
30 The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
31 As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
32 Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound:
33 He was dress'd all in fur, from his head to his foot,
34 And his clothes were all tarnish'd with ashes and soot;
35 A bundle of toys was flung on his back,
36 And he look'd like a peddler just opening his pack:
37 His eyes - how they twinkled! his dimples how merry,
38 His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
39 His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
40 And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
41 The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
42 And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
43 He had a broad face, and a little round belly
44 That shook when he laugh'd, like a bowl full of jelly:
45 He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old  elf,
46 And I laugh'd when I saw him in spite of myself;
47 A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
48 Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
49 He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
50 And fill'd all the stockings; then turn'd with a jerk,
51 And laying his finger aside of his nose
52 And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
53 He sprung to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
54 And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle:
55 But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight-
56 Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

I do wish you all a very very happy Christmas Eve and a blessed Christmas Morning!

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