The Stocking

This year, I decided to give myself a Christmas present...the gift of time. Time to enjoy every little moment that the days before Christmas arrive to be with friends, family, cook, bake, watch old movies and just appreciate all that I have. I've actually passed on this gift to you with one less blog to read!

And now...a word about that empty stocking.

The DH and I love to watch old black and white movies. Most are PG and the good ones always have a moral behind the story. One of our favorites at this time of year is The Bishop's Wife..a 1947 romantic comedy starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven. It tells the story of an ambitious Bishop (Niven) who prays for guidance and an angel (Grant) comes down to set things right with all the people around him. In the end, the Bishop gives a sermon which is so true today. Spoken by Niven in his clean English accent, swelling music in the is one we can all learn from whether we celebrate this holiday or not. We can all give these simple gifts.

Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.

Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child's cry, a blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven't forgotten that night down the centuries.
We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts.

But especially with gifts. You give me a book, I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry can do with a new pipe. For we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled, all that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger. Its his birthday we're celebrating. Don't let us ever forget that.

Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then, let each put in his share, loving kindness, warm hearts, and a stretched out hand of tolerance. All the shinning gifts that make peace on earth.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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Yes, those are the shining gifts! Your blog and presence visiting mine has been a shining gift to me this year Alicia. May you and your family enjoy a merry Christmas and a healthy, fulfilling new year!
destrella said…
Beautiful..... thank you!

Merry Christmas :O)
amyg said…
Thanks for sharing that. I love old movies, too. We'll have to watch that one this year.
Teacher's Pet said…
Yes...It is His birthday.
Happy Birthday, Jesus.
Brian Miller said…
that movie has been popping up on blogs t the last couple days...will have to check it out...i hope that you have an incredible christmas!
The best to You.
a fantastic bloger,
I have enjoyed you and your posts.

I love old movies too,
Wonderful story so very appropriate for this season~
Merry Christmas & Joy to this world of ours.
Matty said…
Wonderfully said Alicia. I've missed you, but time with family is the most important thing. Enjoy your break, enjoy your family, and enjoy the Reason we celebrate this season.

Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family.
Snap said…
I LOVE the Bishop's Wife ... the Cary Grant,Niven and Young version is the best .. and I love his sermon that Dudley wrote! This maybe my favorite holiday movie.

Merry Merry to You!
Sande said…
Oh the irony that God created us for Himself; to enjoy, and for us to enjoy Him. Yet we make the whole thing so hard. With the free will He gave us, we choose to do life with Him or without Him.

We simply fill the stocking with us.
Britwife said…
That is the best thing that I have read in months! Thanks for posting it!

Merry Christmas.
SoDear2MyHeart said…
Always so very thoughtful and inspiring thought in others... I am a holiday hound, but don't think I've ever seen The Bishops Wife...I'll have to go search for it and be sure to share it with the family...

May your and your family's stockings be overflowing with His love, His wishes, the sentiment and joys of the season, dear friend...

Judy said…
I thought you got buried in all that snow!....I was missing your posts.
Have a wonderful Christmas and wishes for a happy and healthy new year!
Santa Claus said…
HO HO HO! Merry Christmas from me and Otin!

That was beautiful!!
Vicky said…
You are the second person I know who said The Bishop's Wife is one of their favorite Christmas movies :) That is quite an endorsement! I think you have just given me the perfect CHRISTmas sentiment to start off our Christmas.

Merry Christmas Alicia! Stay warm!
Admiral Hestorb said…
I too love the Bishop's Wife. I hope I get to see it again this year.

Merry Christmas Alicia and thank you for reminding us all that this day coming is all about Him.

HUGS,Carole aka the Admiral
S. Etole said…
A good thing to ponder this Christmas season. Thank you.
Emmy said…
Sounds like a great movie. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
Chrisy said…
I hope you have a lovely Christmas...I read somewhere 'Peace on earth begins with peace of mind' and I think it's true...
What a lovely little story Alicia! Have a lovely Christmas and 'thank you' for leaving such nice words on my blog.

Have a merry, merry Christmas!!

(And eat lots of naughty stuff!!)
I so needed to hear this as a reminder ...thank you for this post..and Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!
imac said…
What a beautiful and meaningful post my friend.
Many thanks for your visit and kind comments.
Merry Christmas.
My name is PJ. said…
Well you have to know I loved this! Right up my alley!

I can't speak for anyone else, but I've checked your blog daily for posts....along with all the others I read. YOU were missed!

Merry, Merry Christmas!
One of my favorite christmas movies and a wonderful way to celebrate the season. Wishing you a wonderful holiday my dear!
Sarah said…
Oh very true!! What a lovely post!! You did forget one thing are a have been one to me all this last year!! I have been blessed to get to know your sweet heart. You make me laugh so hard I cry sometimes and well now and then tear up!! May your holidays be bright my friend. Blessings & Namaste, Sarah

Ohhh and great big hugs to you:)
Elizabeth said…
Merry Christmas, Alicia
Peace and Joy to you and yours.
Relyn said…
Here it is Christmas Eve and I have a pile of things still to do. Before I don my little elf hat and get busy, I wanted to stop by and wish you and yours a very merry Christmas. May this holiday season bring you much joy and laughter. May the gifts you give be received with delight and may you know how very much you are loved. Merry Christmas, my friend.
Renee said…
Merry Christmas dear Alicia.

Love Renee xoxo
Joanna Jenkins said…
Merry Christmas! Enjoy yourself.
TheChicGeek said…
Alicia, it is so good to have you back and such a beautiful gift you have given us with your post! And Yes, I think the gift of time is the best gift you could ever give anyone!
I'm glad you have been enjoying your holiday season....good for you!
Merry Christmas, Alicia!
Hugs and Love,
what a wonderful post! i too love old movies!
hope you and your family have a lovely christmas.
Liss said…
I hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas.
Torie Jayne said…
Thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog, May the happiness of the holiday season be yours today and always x
Just popped in to see how you made out Christmas

Just Jules said…
the gift of time. i will need to remember that next year.
Maria Trendy said…
The story is very nice. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for you and your family :)
This is spoken with genuine and good feelings. Thank you.
Anonymous said…
YES!! The most precious gift of all, time. Time to appreciate a family thats together. Time to appreciate everyone whom you have 'left behind' over the year. Time to share freindship, and forgiveness to all enemies and friends alike. And most of all, TIME to celebrate the birth of Christ, our savior. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. I love you ma!
Yolanda said…
This was beautiful and I hope that 2010 is your best year ever.
Nancy said…
Taking time to enjoy what is in front of us is so important - enjoy your time with family and friends. I did the same thing.
Barbara said…
Alicia, I love that movie! Well anything with Cary Grant, clearly. He's just And you're so right. We forget to remember what it's all about. This year, our first year with our grandson, certainly brought that to mind. Little sweetie. What a joy. Happy New Year, and hope 2010 is all you're hoping for. Thanks for your friendship this year. I love to see your name pop up.
Hugs,xoxo B
briannelee said…
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! Looking forward to reading what you have in store for 2010!
Admiral Hestorb said…
Have a Happy New Year my and your family and business.

Anonymous said…
Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!
Zeba Collection said…
The Bishop's Wife is also my favorite movies as well. I loved the story of an empty stocking.

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