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Reflections! Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming!
By William L. Bulla

Christmas is coming. The geese are getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man's hat.
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do.
If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!
That is a song we often hear at Christmas. The music to Christmas is Coming was composed by Edith Nesbit Bland in the late nineteenth century. The author of the lyrics is unknown but the popularity of this traditional Christmas song is handed down from generation to generation in the form of a nursery rhyme. The words of Christmas is Coming reflects the Christmas festival of celebration of being a time of plenty but that charity should be given to the less fortunate according to the giver's means!
As the days grow shorter and colder the holiday season is amongst us. What is going to be under your Christmas tree this year? Well if you are like me you still don't have a tree yet - but it is on your priority list. Many of us may be waiting for the last few days before Christmas to do our Christmas gift shopping. Often this is a time when we can save money because of the last minute price reductions. However, many times the items we really want have been sold out and we have to make substitution on our gift list that we really didn't want to make.
Christmas is coming and we've been doing all the usual: making cookies, listening to Christmas music, buying gifts, etc. I'd say that we're pretty much ready. The only bad thing is that I have a problem of staying out of the cookies until Christmas Eve.
Christmas is more than exchanging gifts. Many people today are celebrating Christmas as a day for putting gifts under the Christmas tree and handing them out on Christmas day. But Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' birth. He is the reason for the season, and we should remember that as we celebrate Christmas.
As a child, I always had a Christmas tree that appeared Christmas morning. My sister and I were always amazed how Santa had sneaked in the night before and placed a decorated tree in our house with many beautifully wrapped packages while we were asleep. As kids we knew Santa was a fantastic person to be able to visit all the children on Christmas Eve, leaving gifts we desired. It was only as we grew older that we understood how those gifts really arrived under the tree.
But even though Santa and his Christmas presents overshadowed our Christmas, our parents reminded us that the real reason we celebrated Christmas was because it was the day of our Savior Jesus Christ's birth. I hope all of you are celebrating the unwrapping of gifts this Christmas will remembering Christ's birth.
I wish you all a very merry Christmas!

William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County

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