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#140788 - 12/21/01 12:21 PM Things are very different this year
CAPTAIN bigzeke Offline
25 Ways we are Different this Christmas Season

This is very long and very much worth reading. Here's hoping we
all have a joyous, peaceful, holiday season.

1. Last Christmas we were thinking about all the things we
didn't have;

This Christmas we are thinking about all the things we
do have.

2. Last Christmas we were placing wreaths on the doors of
our homes; This
Christmas we are placing wreaths on the graves of our

3. Last Christmas we were letting our Sons play with toy
guns; this Christmas we are teaching them that guns are not toys.

4. Last Christmas we were counting our money; this
Christmas we are counting our blessings.

5. Last Christmas we paid lip service to the real meaning
of the holidays; this Christmas we are paying homage to it.

6. Last Christmas we were lighting candles to decorate;
this Christmas we are lighting candles to commemorate.

7. Last Christmas we were digging deep into our bank
accounts to find money to fly home for the holidays; this Christmas we
are digging deep into our souls to find courage to do so.

8. Last Christmas we were trying not to let annoying
relatives get the best of us; this Christmas we are trying to give the
ourselves to them.

9. Last Christmas we thought it was enough to celebrate the
holidays; this Christmas we know we must also find ways to consecrate

10. Last Christmas we thought a man who could rush down a
football field was a hero; this Christmas we know a man who rushes
into a burning building is the real one.

11. Last Christmas we were thinking about the madness of the
holidays; this Christmas we are thinking about the meaning of them.

12. Last Christmas we were getting on one another's nerves;
this Christmas we are getting on our knees.

13. Last Christmas we were giving thanks for gifts from
stores; this Christmas we are giving thanks for gifts from God.

14. Last Christmas we were wondering how to give our
children all the things that money can buy-
the hottest toys the latest fashions, the newest gadgets;
this Christmas we are wondering how to give them all
the things it can't-a sense of security, safety, peace.

15. Last Christmas we were thinking about all the pressure
we are under at the office; this Christmas we are thinking about the
people that no longer have an office to go to.

16. Last Christmas we were singing carols; this Christmas we
are singing anthems.

17. Last Christmas we were thinking how good it would feel
to be affluent; this Christmas we are thinking how good it feels to be

18. Last Christmas we thought angels were in heaven; this
Christmas we know some are right here on earth.

19. Last Christmas we were contemplating all the changes we
wanted to make in the New Year; this Christmas we are contemplating
all the changes we will have to make in this new reality.

20. Last Christmas we believed in the power of the pocketbook;
this Christmas we believe in the power of prayer.

21. Last Christmas we were sharing/ spreading/ listening to
gossip; this Christmas we are sharing/spreading/listening to the

22. Last Christmas we were complaining about how much of our
earnings went to pay taxes; this Christmas we comprehend that freedom
isn't free.

23. Last Christmas we valued things that were costly; this
Christmas we value things that are holy.

24. Last Christmas the people we idolized wore football,
basketball, and baseball uniforms; this Christmas the people we
idolize wear police, firefighter, and military uniforms.

25. Last Christmas "peace on earth" is something we prayed
for on Sunday mornings; now it is something we pray for every day.

Merry Christmas
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#140789 - 12/21/01 12:41 PM Re: Things are very different this year
IslandJunkie Offline
A big thumbs-up to this one, Zeke. Thanks for sharing!

#140790 - 12/21/01 02:23 PM Re: Things are very different this year
Chloe Offline
AMEN.......so true.
Dare To Deviate

#140791 - 12/21/01 03:59 PM Re: Things are very different this year
zeke - that made me cry.
happy holidays to everyone out there.

#140792 - 12/26/01 10:18 PM Re: Things are very different this year
ati2d Offline
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May the New Year bring you goodness.


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