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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 22, 1999
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. -Albert Einstein
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
'Twas the night before Christmas And all down the street
Not a creature was stirring, Even cops on the beat.
Our belongings were wrapped Round our bodies with care;
Our sugar plums were dreams For our food sacks were bare;
While I on the heating-grate And Pa, canvas-wrapped
Had just settled down For a cold winter's nap,
When out in the night There arose such a clatter
We both sprang bolt upright To see what was the matter.
The streetlights shone wan On the car-mangled snow.
You could scarce see the moon For the city's sick glow,
Then out of the gloom and the glum - Oh my Lord!
Came a bald toothless man In a battered old Ford.
He stopped right in front Of our part of the street.
We all gathered round Although none would speak.
He twinkled, and everyone Relaxed with a sigh;
Then he turned round to pull out Sacks and sacks, piled high!
"Howdy-do, folks," he told us, "My name is Joe.
My Ruth and I never had kids, Don'tcha know.
"Last winter, God said, It was Ruth's time to go;
But it wasn't mine yet - I always was slow.
"I just had to find someone To share Christmas with me.
So here I am, folks, And now - here you be."
We ate roasted turkey, Stuffing and all,
Chopped dates and almonds Wrapped up in a ball.
There were presents for everyone And jugs of hot cider.
We opened one at a time And toasted each other.
Then we all toasted him And we all searched our bags.
Yvonne gave him a placemat She'd woven from rags.
Jerry gave him the seagull He'd whittled one day
From an old broom handle Someone threw away.
With each treasure we gave him We watched him glow brighter,
Then we brightened too. Soon the whole street was warmer.
Then with backslaps and hugs In the dawn of the Day,
He folded back in his Ford And faded away.
As the morning of Christmas Rose higher and higher
We stood in a circle Round our own inner fire.
Christmas is what you make it, Wherever you are.
Merry Christmas to all, And to all a good year!
- Homeless Christmas. Author Unknown from Lola's Devotional
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~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
LETTERS TO SANTA
Please give me a doll this year. I would like her to eat, walk, do my homework, and help me clean my room.
Thank you, Jenny
Thanks for the race car last year. Can I have another one, only this time one that is faster than my best friend's race car?
I wish you could leave a puzzle under the tree for me. And a toy for my sister. Then she won't want to play with mine and I can have it to myself.
Merry Christmas, Cassie
You can send me one of everything from the boys' section of the Sears catalog. But nothing from the girls' section. I can't wait for Christmas to come.
Could you come early this year? I've been really super good, but I don't know if I can last much longer. Please hurry.
I lost my list of toys, so please just send me the stuff that you forgot from last year.
What should I leave for your reindeer to eat? Do they like cookies, too? My mom won't let me bring hay into the living room.
Your friend, Sandy
I need a new skateboard for Christmas. The one I got now crashes too much. Band-aids would be OK too.
Would you rather I leave you cookies and milk or pizza? Dad says you'd probably like the pizza. Write back right away to let me know.
Please give me a tank, a jet fighter, 20 green soldiers, and a bazooka gun. I'm planning a surprise attack on my brother. So don't tell anyone.
How will you get into our house this year? We don't have a chimney and my father just installed a very expensive security system.
Mommy says that you only bring presents for the good little boys. That isn't fair.
How old are you? How did you meet Mrs. Claus? Is your first name really Santa? Can I be an elf next year? Who is your favorite kid? How do you fit all those toys in your sleigh? I have more questions for later.
Your pal, Pauline
My mother told me to write to you and say thanks for the train set. My dad plays with it all the time.
I would like just one of everything.
Thank you. Nancy
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"I don't want to make the wrong mistake." Yogi Berra
"As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes." Mel Brooks
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I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph. - Shirley Temple
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