Sunday, December 19, 2010

Now about those reindeer and that sleigh...

I saw a funny thing recently about how the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh had to be all girls – hence, they knew the way ;-) Upon doing a little checking I found out that, yes, both male and female reindeer do have antlers. However, it was misstated in the little ‘tongue in cheek’ humor, because I found out that males do not shed their antlers in November, rather they shed them in late December. Which means, of course, if Santa’s reindeer were all boys, they would not have naked little heads while pulling the sleigh. So, right down to Rudolf, who knows if they were girls or boys!

Of course, we are missing the main point here – reindeer don’t fly.

There are a few other points about Christmas that get missed in the fun, joy and glitter of this last week of holiday preparation, too. This week is a good time to stop and focus on what is really important about Christmas.

• It’s not about the gifts I will receive – it’s about the people who care about me and love me.

• It’s not about all the decorations and lights – but about how thankful I am that I have a comfortable home.

• It’s not about all the cookies and fruitcake that are in the oven – it’s about being thankful that I have not missed a meal because there is no food.

• It’s not about the shopping frenzy to find the perfect gift – but about the time to gather together with those I love.

And about that guy in the red suit at the manger? Nope, didn’t happen. However, St. Nicholas probably would have been there. And we should all make a point to stop by and check out that baby that changed the whole world.

Have a Blessed Christmas week!


PS Many times food banks run out of food at this time of year. How about picking up a couple of extra cans of hearty soup or stew next time you are at the store. Drop it off at your local food bank and help someone out this Christmas!

Do you have other ideas of how to help someone? Share them in the comments and let’s see what we can do to make a difference this Christmas week!


  1. Great post!! And you are so right we all need to slow down and look at the true meaning of christmas. As it turns out I find it very humbling...

  2. This is a wonderful post and truly in the spirit of the season.

    God is awesome!


  3. Kathleen, beautiful thoughts that I will put into action this week.

  4. Very true, Kim! Thanks =)

    Thanks, Sue! He sure is =)

    Thanks, Jane - I am going to do the same thing!

  5. We find a family in our church that needs a little help at this time of year. We have a don't ask, don't tell policy in that we don't ask a family if they are in need, we just observe. And we don't make a big deal of our help, we just let them know we love them and since the Lord has blessed us so mightily, we wanted to pass it on. Merry Christmas to all of you! Karin

  6. here's to making the world a better place this coming year.
    Have a magical Christmas!

  7. It's a rainy afternoon and I'm browsing my favorite blogs.

    So I'm very glad I stopped by wonderful post and Merry Christmas

  8. Great post, Kathy ... good to remember that, despite some hard times, we all have a lot to be thankful for.

  9. Kathy, truer words could not have been said. May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the new year.

  10. Best post I've read, this season! So True! Christ's love exuding from out hearts is what the season should be! We usually pick a deserving family and do what we can. Sort of like adding someone to our own family! Great fun!

  11. Beautiful post Kathleen...We try to do something for one of our community soup year we did our best to give various items which included canned goods and warm clothes...last year I bought 10 coloring books, crayons, and holiday pencils...we put them in colorful paper bags with ribbons and brought them to a shelter that helps domestic violence victims.
    The lady at the shelter stated that I would be amazed at how many children come to the shelter after Christmas and say they didn't receive any presents at all.

  12. What a great idea, Karin! I bet the Lord has opened some wonderful doors that way =)

    Thanks, pink =) Merry Christmas to you, too! You always brighten up your corner of the world!

    Awww - thank you, jcs =) Blessings back to you! Merry Chirstmas!

    Amen, Linda!

    Thanks, story!

    Thanks, Marlene! A Merry (and restful!) Christmas to you!

    Thanks, Linda P.! What a blessing to share Christmas love with someone =)

    Thanks, Pam - Hershey is all dressed up for Christmas ;-)

    Deborah - what a simple and wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing! I'm sure you have made Christmas special for many people that way =)

    Thanks, everyone, for sharing!


Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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