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How One Lady Got Into the Christmas Spirit

Posted Monday, December 13, 2010, at 4:30 PM

Christmas at our house has always had a Christmas tree, gifts under the tree and Christmas music. Having been raised in a happy Christian home, I can remember Christmas as being the happiest season of the year. Even when my dad was out of work for a few months when we were just kids, all five of us had toys to unwrap. Later, we found out our parents had bought the toys at a thrift store. Actually, that made the occasion one of our most memorable Christmases. We learned that Christmas was not about getting expensive gifts but about giving from the heart.

On the other hand, Sue was not raised in a happy home. Just to be brief, she could only remember Christmas in her childhood as a time of drinking and fighting. So she always had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. To her, Christmas always brought back those bad memories of her mother and stepdad getting drunk at the bar and fighting.

Things began to change a few years ago, when Sues's stepdad told her of the One he met on his birthday. As she did every year, Sue called him on the phone to wish him a happy birthday. He told her that he wanted to surprise her and said, "You won't believe who I met; I've met Jesus Christ!" He then told her the story of how he was at the end of his hope and had knelt by his bedside and asked Jesus to come into his heart. What a change He made in my father in law's life!

That was just the beginning. In 2002, someone gave Sue a tapestry wallhanging with nativity scenes on it for Christmas. That Christmas season, Sue said, "You know, I think I'll start collecting nativity scenes." From that time on she has collected nativity scenes.

Now as soon as Thanksgiving is over, she has me bring in the plastic toat containers containing her many nativity scenes. Every ornament on the tree is a nativity scene. There are over one-hundred nativity scenes hung on the walls and placed on shelves thoughout the kitchen, dining room and living room. Even the table cloth has a nativity scene on it! My Aunt Linda, who is a missionary in the Congo sent us a nativity scene handcrafted by the Congo people from bamboo. That is the number one nativity set! She has one made from bees wax. There's one with a woman wiseman (a wise woman) in it! She gets her nativity scenes as gifts from people she has cared for or from those she works with. She just recently bought a very unique one from a yard sale put on by the 2nd General Baptist Church. It is a three level pagoda with angels on the top level, shepherds on the second, and wisemen on the third.

That's how one lady got into the Christmas spirit! I trust that those who read this have the Spirit of Christmas in their hearts and homes. From our home to yours, have a very Merry Christmas! May the Christ of Christmas fill your heart and home with Love, Joy, and Peace!

Richard and Susan (Sue) Swift

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Thanks for the blog! The Christmas feelings start when I pull out the decorations for the tree. I have ornaments that were my mother's from WW2--without metal. I even have some lights from that period too. I have my children's first ornaments and the ones they received each year. I have ornaments that were gifts from students and friends. As each ornament is attached, the feeling grows and Christmas is in full swing by the time I get the final ornament on. Merry Christmas to all.

-- Posted by geezerette on Mon, Dec 13, 2010, at 7:28 PM

I love Christmas personally. My husband, on the other hand, always has a difficult time with it. Most years, it's because something has gone horribly wrong, and we can't afford much for our kids. I always assumed that was the reason he couldn't get in the spirit. This year, however, we're financially sound, and all is well (aside from 3 of my 5 sections of lights on our tree not working), and he's still being a Scrooge. I've asked him why on several occasions, but he says he doesn't know, he just can't get into it like I do. One of these years, I pray he sees Christmas the way I do.

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Thu, Dec 16, 2010, at 9:07 PM

Great I decorate everything and I do mean everything for CHRISTmas. It is a reminder of Jesus birthday and even if I never got another gift from any one on earth. I have the best of both worlds. This is the worst of hell I will ever experience and only a fortaste of heaven. Jesus left heaven to be a living example, died and rose again to save me and best of all when the Rapture comes,or He calls me home before, I will celebrate Him forever. I am 65 years old and I have experienced life's highs and lows--celebrate Him not a season on the calendar.

-- Posted by doris on Thu, Dec 16, 2010, at 11:58 PM

Geezerite, what an interesting comment.

We'll certainly be praying for your husband, Mrsdolphin. Give him time and he'll eventually get into it just as my wife did.

Doris, I drove past your beautiful outdoor nativity scenes. They are gorgeous! Love your comment.

Y'all have a very Merry Christmas!

-- Posted by swift on Fri, Dec 17, 2010, at 3:37 PM

Merry Christmas, Susan & Richard, and to your children and grandchildren. May God Bless.

-- Posted by Just Lucy on Thu, Dec 23, 2010, at 7:02 PM


-- Posted by swift on Mon, Dec 27, 2010, at 3:38 PM

I trust you all had a great Christmas. I must share this! This is funny! We had already bought and wrapped everyone's gifts except for each other. Well, Sue had bought mine but told me it was still unwrapped and to not go in the spare bedroom. Thursday, while Sue was at work, I went to Walmart and bought her gifts. One was a real nice electric griddle. I went home and wrapped her gifts with care. Then I made me a couple grilled cheese sandwiches on our old griddle and thought to myself that "this is last time I'll cook on this".

After Sue got off work on Friday, we decided to unwrapp our gifts. She had put mine in a nice gift bag and told me to open it first. Well, when I did, to my surprise, it was an electric griddle! I said, "Oh no!" She asked, "What's the matter?" I told her to just go ahead and open hers! What a laugh we both had! We're keeping both. Mine is smaller, and two will come in handy. LOL! (Sorry about my grammatical errors on this comment.

-- Posted by swift on Mon, Dec 27, 2010, at 3:52 PM

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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.