Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Grandpa's Christmas Wish
Lyrics by Will Geer - Grandpa Walton
Grandpa's Christmas Message

What is Christmas? It is a time when some of your dreams come true. Every year it roles around and takes you by surprise some of the time, especially when you’re as close to a 100 years old as I am. You Can’t be time for another one, but there it is with all it’s hope and joy and the promise of the wishes granted. I bet you wonder what I wish for. What could an old man wish for? Maybe you think I would wish to be young again. I don’t want that. Being young is a painful thing. Being young and in love to boot, which most young people are, is even more agony. I’ll tell you what I wish. I’d wish for the power to return some of the love that’s been given me. I’d wish the time and place for all that giving could be commemorated like the heart I carved on the tree around your Grandmother’s and my initials. I wish too for more days to my life. Time...time to give to children some of the beauty of this Earth that has been revealed to me. A drop of water is a wondrous thing.

A spade full of earth is a kingdom in itself. A cloud is worth watching as it passes from one horizon to another. A bird building its nest is as wondrous as men building the Pyramid, and any green thing that grows is proof that God exists. It all comes into focus at Christmas. It is a tender time. We grow cautious because we open ourselves to love. We exchange gifts, but what those presents really say is "I love you." It makes some folks uncomfortable to say or hear these words. Maybe it’s because they’ve never learned the secret of the given heart. There are more takers than givers in the world. People, communities even countries spending their time grubbing and rooting for the goods of this earth like pigs after acorns in the Fall of the year. This is a country with a given heart and I pray it will always be so. It’s a good country and it’s part of our strength, something that we brought with us as pioneers that we can share with the fellow who is down on his luck, with those who suffered calamities: with the loss of their homes or land or their hope. This is a family with a giving heart. You children may squabble and bicker among yourselves but you’ve been taught to love and to give, and that’s the greatest present your Momma and Daddy could have given you. So take pleasure in the trappings of Christmas. Be merry like the songs say. Revel in the tinsel and the glitter and the sparkle and sing the old songs for all the joy that’s in them and the memories they bring back. But to touch the real Christmas, to feel the true spirit of the season, look to your own heart and find all the secret treasures that they’re there to give. There is one wish that I make every year. I never said it aloud before, but I’ll tell it to you now. I wish for all the seasons I have known, endlessly to come and go; the dogwood Spring, the watermelon Summer, the russet and gold of Autumn. I wish for Christmas to come again and for each of us to be here again next year at this time...together, safe, warm and loved as we are at this moment.

-- Blue Ridge Publications

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Rel!!

2:04 PM  
Blogger Churlita said...

I still love The Waltons.

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas! I hope there's enough snow for your liking.

2:12 PM  
Blogger willow said...

The Waltons were the best!

Merry Christmas, Rel, to you and yours. :D

Willow x

5:06 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

That was perfect reading for Christmas Eve:-) May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! Merry Christmas to you and yours, dear Rel! xoxo

8:27 PM  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

That puts it right into perspective, Rel. What a perfect reading for the day.

A merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and may 2009 bring you peace and happiness.


9:41 PM  
Blogger Eleanor said...

Thank you for the beautiful Christmas Eve gift, Rel. I loved the Waltons back in the day.

A very, very merry Christmas to you and yours from me and mine!

P.S. Love the profile pic. :)

3:16 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

that was so beautiful rel!! Just perfect! Thank You.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Kay said...

Merry Christmas Rel

8:07 AM  
Blogger Merelyme said...

What a beautiful post to capture the true essence of christmas...thank you!

9:22 AM  
Blogger R2K said...

: )

9:36 AM  

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