25 Ways We're Different This Christmas

KerryClemDecember 13, 2001

Just got this from my MIL and thought I would share it with the rest of you - Happy Holidays!

Kerry

25 WAYS WE'RE DIFFERENT THIS CHRISTMAS

  1. Last Christmas we were thinking about all the things we didn't have.

This Christmas we are thinking about all the things we do have.

  1. Last Christmas we were placing wreaths on the doors of our homes.

This Christmas we are placing wreaths on the graves of our heros.

  1. Last Christmas we were letting our sons play with toy guns.

This Christmas we are teaching them that guns are not toys.

  1. Last Christmas we were counting our money.

This Christmas we are counting our blessings.

  1. Last Christmas we were lighting candles to decorate.

This Christmas we are lighting candles to commemorate.

  1. Last Christmas we paid lip service to the real meaning of the

holidays.

This Christmas we are paying homage to it.

  1. Last Christmas we were digging deep into our bank accounts

to find money to fly home for the holidays.

This Christmas we are digging deep into our souls to find the

courage to do so.

  1. Last Christmas we were trying not to let annoying relatives get the

best of us.

This Christmas we are trying to give the best of ourselves to them.

  1. Last Christmas we thought it was enough to celebrate the holidays.

This Christmas we know we must also find ways to consecrate them.

  1. Last Christmas we thought a man who could rush down a football field

was a hero.

This Christmas we know a man who rushes into a burning building is

the real one.

  1. Last Christmas we were thinking about the madness of the holidays.

This Christmas we are thinking about the meaning of them.

  1. Last Christmas we were getting on one another's nerves.

This Christmas we are getting on our knees.

  1. Last Christmas we were giving thanks for gifts from stores.

This Christmas we are giving thanks for gifts from GOD.

  1. Last Christmas we were wondering how to give our children all the

things that money can buy.

This Christmas we are wondering how to give them all the things

money can't (peace, security).

  1. Last Christmas we were thinking about all the pressure we were under at

the office.

This Christmas we are thinking about all the people who no longer

have an office.

  1. Last Christmas we were singing carols.

This Christmas we are singing anthems.

  1. Last Christmas we were thinking how good it would feel to be

affluent.

This Christmas we are thinking how good it feels to be alive.

  1. Last Christmas we thought angels were in heaven.

This Christmas we know they are right here on earth.

  1. Last Christmas we were contemplating all the changes we wanted to

make in the new year.

This Christmas we are contemplating all the changes we will have to

make in this new reality.

  1. Last Christmas we believed in the power of the pocketbook.

This Christmas we believe in the power of prayer.

  1. Last Christmas we were sharing / spreading / listening to gossip.

This Christmas we are sharing / spreading / listening to the Gospel.

  1. Last Christmas we were complaining about how much of our earnings

went to taxes.

This Christmas we comprehend that freedom isn't free.

  1. Last Christmas we valued things that were costly.

This Christmas we value things that are holy.

  1. Last Christmas the people we idolized wore sports uniforms.

This Christmas the people we idolize wear police, firefighter and

military uniforms.

  1. Last Christmas peace on earth was something we prayed for on Sunday

morning.

This Christmas it's something we pray for every day.

"The soul is healed by being with children."

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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pamm

Wow. Thank you. ~Pam

    Bookmark   December 13, 2001 at 5:19PM
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MaryF

Ditto!- MaryF

    Bookmark   December 13, 2001 at 5:23PM
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lee676

Really, I was thinking about most of those things *last* year as well.

And I doubt that anyone who was a greedy, egotistic whiner a year ago will be magically transformed into a virtuous saint just because some terrorists attacked us. Unfortunately, everyone I know who was like that last Christmas still is.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2001 at 1:36AM
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Kara_PA

It's sad that it took 9/11 to get people to realize that toys aren't guns. Looks like us liberals aren't such nuts after all.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2001 at 9:53AM
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StephanieD

This is so nice, and I feel like it's true.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2001 at 10:04AM
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darkeyedgirl

"The soul is healed by being with children."

AMEN ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    Bookmark   December 14, 2001 at 12:14PM
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bugs_niagara_com

My mom sent me the same one yesterday.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2001 at 12:55PM
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