Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Some Thoughts On Christmas Day

Today marks my 62nd Christmas on the planet.  I don't pretend to know it all.  In fact, in the vast scheme of things, I know very little.  However, in the six decades of my existence I have learned a few things.  Some of them come to mind this Christmas morning (but they are not all about Christmas).

  • The best Christmas memories I have involve family, rather than gifts.
  • Some acquaintances may let you down, but real friends are for life.
  • The framers of our Constitution never envisioned "career politicians".
  • Some folks (sadly even some family members) are motivated by greed.  They are to be pitied
  • Christmas brings out the best in most folks.
  • It would be nice if the Christmas spirit would last all year long.
  • Human life is precious - from the unborn to the very old - and everything in between.
  • It is the height of hypocrisy to morn for 26 innocent children who were senselessly killed in their school room, and yet ignore the tragedy of the 4,000 who are senselessly killed each day in their mother's womb.
  • All Children are precious. (Jesus said we should be more like them)
  • One's own children are the best.
  • Grandchildren are even better!
  • Snow makes Christmas seem more "christmasy" - but it is not necessary for one to have a blessed holiday.
  • Jesus wasn't born on December 25th, but the Good News is that one day He WAS born - the initial step toward God's plan of redemption. 
  • I feel sorry for boys who never knew their grandfathers.
  • I only wish I had known mine longer.
  • Football is a great game.
  • Basketball is even better.
  • I believe Baseball is divinely inspired. I hope they have it in Heaven.
  • I have come to support the idea of term limits for all politicians - especially at the congressional level.
  • I have received the love and support of a good woman for 43 years.
  • Linda Bowling, Patsy Adkins, and Mary Stidham are the finest human beings I have ever known.
  • The blessings of my life are far better than I deserve.
  • Some people have the gift of giving. How many of them do you know?
  • Following Christ is the most fulfilling way one can live his, or her life.
  • The guy we call Santa Claus, really lived, and once punched out a heretic!
  • Mom and Dad have lived in the same house on Gallaher Street for 60 years. Only one neighbor there has been there longer than them.
  • Girls are rare in our family.  My twin nieces, Kate and Alex are very special. 
  • College football doesn't get any better than the Southeastern Conference variety.
  • Our neighbors on 49th Street are wonderful folks.
  • My time in the U.S. Air Force was a fulfilling experience. I believe military service is beneficial to every young American. It is an honor to serve.
  • There is nothing like the delight of a child opening gifts at Christmas.
  • The piles of discarded boxes and wrapping paper on Christmas day is mute testimony to how materially blessed we are.
  • I like the way the lights of a Christmas tree reflect in the eyes of my grandsons.
  • Bruce, Carl and I were blessed to be born to Patsy and Caudle Adkins.
  • It IS more blessed to give than to receive.
  • New Year's Day gives us a new canvas on which to begin the painting of the rest of our days.
  • The greatest gift that one can possess is a true personal relationship with God.
  • Linda's Christmas Dinner is one of the highlights of the year.
  • My thoughts and rambling could go on and on,m but there is a time to quit blogging, and sit down to Linda's turkey, dressing and all the fixin's.  That time has come.
Linda joins me in wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and fruitful new year in 2013!

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