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Christmas Is A Coming!

Christmas is a coming and the bells begin to ring,

The holly’s in the window and the birds begin to sing.

Now I don’t take time to worry, and I don’t take time to fret,

And the more you give at Christmastime the more you get!

I grew up with the Christmas Carol classics. My mom had four Christmas albums (note to Tweenager: “albums” were these large, vinyl discs that you put on a machine with a turntable, carefully set the ‘arm’ with the needle in it on the edge of the disc, turned it on, and music came out of the speakers) that made the rotation: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, and Boots Randolph.

Incidentally, those albums “made” Christmas for me as well.

Christmas is a coming and the egg is in the nog,

Please to give a friendly man a friendly little dog.

If you haven’t got a friendly dog, a friendly cat’ll do!

If you haven’t got a friendly cat, then God Bless You!

One of the songs on the Bing Crosby album was an old tune called “Christmas Is A Coming”. I loved it. It is a bouncy tune about giving. It doesn’t have anything to do with the Christ Child, but rather the secular sentiments of Christmas.

Christmas is a coming and the cider’s in the keg,

If I had a mug of cider, then I wouldn’t have to beg.

If you haven’t got a mug of cider, half a mug’ll do!

If you haven’t got a half a mug, then God Bless You!

If you haven’t got a half a mug, then God Bless You!

And I’m okay with that, because my very favorite Christmas songs are still the ones that help prepare my heart to worship the King. But I like this one. It puts giving in a good light. Basically it says that whatever you can give, you should. And if you have nothing, well, God bless you anyway.

Christmas is a coming and the light’s are on the tree,

How about a turkey leg for poor old me?

If you haven’t got a turkey leg, a turkey wing’ll do!

If you haven’t got a turkey wing, then God Bless You!

Like many people, our family has a tradition each year at Christmas. Through our church, or sometimes, through Diva University, we participate in a Giving Tree program. This year, our little girl was six. We had fun picking out gifts for a girl, since we don’t often get to do that. I love the thought that a child’s Christmas will be just a little bit brighter because of a few small gifts.

Christmas is a coming and the goose is getting fat,

Please to put a penny in the old man’s hat.

If you haven’t got a penny then a ha’penny’ll do!

If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God Bless You!

So who can you bless this Christmas? Can you spare a penny or ha’penny (or more)? A meal or a cup of cider? There are so many people who could use your help this Christmas. It could come in the form of a financial gift for someone who needs help getting back on their feet. Or perhaps it’s the gift of time, helping out with a local food pantry or soup kitchen. If you have neither (or both, for that matter), it might be simply the gift of prayer, wild and sweet, and from your heart.

If you haven’t got a thing for me,

May God Bless You!

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