Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A CHRISTMAS TREE

Tonight I went to my card class. I'm not really there because I'm a card maker. Last year I made ten Christmas cards and never sent them, in fact I don't even know where they are or I could send them this year. I go to the card class and I sit and look at the evening's project for a half hour before I even pick up the glue. I'm there for the friends.

Tonight our card teacher had four cards for us to make. Text already printed off, paper cut out to make poinsettias, paper cut to make Christmas ornaments, glue, ribbon, envelopes that fit each card and guess what? She won't let us pay for them. She pays for everything. We use all her materials, sit in her lovely home, surrounded by friends and good will. It's a good place to be.

One of tonight's cards was a quote by Howard W. Hunter (a member of the LDS church). It was set up to be in the shape of a Christmas Tree. I loved it--the card was beautiful--the "tree" words were printed on light green paper in dark green test. That paper was pasted on a piece of shiny dark green paper with the dark green border showing. Inside the card it simply said, "Merry Christmas."

This is my Thanksgiving gift to you. May you have a wonderful day with family and friends. If you are alone may you know you are loved and cherished by people unseen.

Be
gentle
Be kind
Apologize
Write a letter
Keep a promise
Try to understand
Give a soft answer
Laugh a little more
Express your gratitude
Think first of someone else
Seek out a forgotten friend
Gladden the heart of a child
Examine your demands on others
Speak your love, then speak it again
Manifest your loyalty in word and deed
Dismiss suspicion and replace it with truth
Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth
Forgo a grudge
Mend a quarrel
Encourage a youth
Welcome a stranger
Howard W. Hunter
But, most of all, remember that you are loved. You are valuable. You count. Those of you who have commented on my blog have been kind, funny, interesting and most of all your comments lead me to your blogs which I have enjoyed so very much.
You count in this world. You really do.
Much love to you, from me, whether you are across the street, around the corner or miles and miles and miles away--in places I have no idea of.
Lynne

4 comments:

My Semblance of Sanity said...

I loved this!
Thank you!

My children are supposed to make placecards for my mom's Thanksgiving table - I MAY be able to work this poem into it!

Thanks!!!

Debra W said...

Lynne,

You are a sweetheart! This is such a beautiful post, and I am glad that you shared it. You are a blessing in my world, too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hugs,
Debbie

Cindy said...

Awe, Lynne that is so sweet. I love the quote from President Hunter. It's so cool how it makes a Christmas tree. Totally perfect, thanks for sharing. I wish you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving.

Mom2BJM(Amy) said...

Lynne, I found your blog by way of Country Doctor's Wife, who I found by way of Pioneer Woman. I have been trying to think of something to do for Christmas cards this year, or to hand out with goodies to our neighbors. I think this just might to the trick. Glad I found you.

Amy in AZ