The Rest is Tinsel

“We expect too much at Christmas. It’s got to be magical. It’s got to go right. Feasting. Fun. The perfect present. All that anticipation. Take it easy. Love’s the thing. The rest is tinsel.” Pam Brown

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10

“God must have said, ‘I know what I’ll do, I’ll send my love right down there where they are. And I’ll send it as a tiny baby, so they’ll have to touch it, and they’ll have to hold it close.'” Gloria Gaither

“The most vivid memories of Christmases past are usually not of gifts given or received, but of the spirit of love, the special warmth of Christmas worship, the cherished little habits of the home, the results of others acting in the spirit of Christ.” Lois Rand

4 thoughts on “The Rest is Tinsel”

  1. Mary last Christmas my whole family decided we were going to sacrifice and make an effort to get together and help each other out to spend Christimas together. We all chipped in to have my mom and one sister fly in from New Mexico and we chipped in for my dad to ride the bus from Texas and us from Arkansas. We all gathered at my oldest sisters house. You know what it was the first time in 30 years that were all together! My parents have been divorced that long. It was the most wonderful time. Who needed presents?

  2. Oh what a wonderful memory…wow. I’d love to do that for my brother’s family to be able to come from Oregon. It’s been eons since we’ve all been together for Christmas.

    What a great thing, thanks for sharing that.

  3. You know if you really think about it, family is all that really matters, not the presents. I would do anything to have a gathering like that again. I miss them all so much!

  4. Amen. That last one is so true. I don’t remember much about what I got for Christmas’ Past, but I do remember loving my parents, and cherishing the sweet morning. It was all ripe with anticipation! and we had great goodies around to eat!

    I hope that my children grow up appreciating the spirit of GIVING during Christmas time. And remembering whose birth we are celebrating. And cozy times with family.

    Mrs. Meg Logan

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