Tuesday, December 20, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Day 8

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Let The Baby Grow Up This Christmas
By Shellie Tomlinson

When I was a little girl, Christmas seemed to take forever to make its way
back to our little house on the end of a dirt road called Bull Run in northeast
Louisiana. We kids started counting down the days before the leaves ever
began turning. Sure, the adults said it came once a year but I wasn't so sure.
Once Santa Claus left our humble abode it seemed like light years before he
found his way back to the Delta.

That was a child's perspective. I imagine it hasn't changed all that much for
today's kids. On the other hand, I'm operating under a completely different time
frame these days. It seems like it was just yesterday when I pulled the boxes
down from the attic and began pulling out the nativity scene, the miniature
lights, and the keepsake ornaments. And now, just that fast-- Christmas Day
is right around the corner. Soon the tree will be striped naked and the piled up
presents will all be distributed. After a few more day it'll be hard to remember
who got what from whom, and once again, I'll start packing all the decorations
away for another year.

I was thinking about how bare and cold the house always looks after the
holidays when I realized that, sadly, this scene would play itself out in many
hearts as well. A lot of people will have had expectations that weren't filled
and many of those same souls will be left with hurts that don't seem to heal.
Unless this year is remarkably different from past seasons, my bet is, the New
Year will bring magazines full of articles on combating depression and the talk
shows will have experts on offering ways to fill the long days ahead and cure
the winter blues.

I'm no expert, dear readers, but I'd like to offer you a suggestion that will go
far beyond the creature comforts of a nice warm bath or a delicious bowl of
hot soup. Your heart doesn't have to be bare and naked after the holidays. Do
you want to know the real secret? It's simple, really. Don't pack up Christ with
Christmas! As beautiful and special as the Christmas story is, it's only a part
of heaven's miracle. The Christ child grew into a man and the man became a


This year, may we be determined to let the babe from Bethlehem live on in our
hearts. If we'll allow Him to become the Messiah He was born to be, the joy of
Christmas can be ours all year long.

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is an author, speaker, and radio host from
Louisiana. Her latest release Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs
Heavy was endorsed by Jeff Foxworthy as "laugh out loud funny!" You can
find Shellie's weekly southern features, podcasts, video chats and more at
http://www.allthingssouthern.com/ Make sure to get by the blog and read
about the Super Christmas Giveaway Shellie is hosting for her readers and
secure your chance to win a Mort Kunstler print valued between $700 and
$1400. www.allthingssouthern.com

POST 6 Monday 12/19 HTML – Shellie Tomlinson

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