Happy Christmas 2014!

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I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound the carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn, the households born
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

by Henry Longfellow, 1864

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A very blessed, happy and merry Christmas to you all, Dear Friends.  

Joy to the World, the Lord is come!!

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17 thoughts on “Happy Christmas 2014!

  1. Merry Christmas, Wendy!! I talked to Dan at the Rogers AR sewing center and found out you are coming to NW Arkansas in April. Looking forward to it!!!

  2. Christmas blessings to you and your family, Wendy! Even though we haven’t met in person, you are a blessing in my life. Ellie Anne Groll, granddaughter, was born at
    10:11 pm on 12-13-14, one of the new divas (giggle). My Christmas gift!

  3. Christmas blessings to you and your family, Wendy. Even though we have not met in person, you are one of my blessings! Another blessing of mine is my dear grand-daughter, born at 10:11 pm on 12-13-14, a diva and TV star already! Peace my friend.

  4. Merry Christmas Wendy, and to your family also. I hope you’ve had time to take a deep breath and enjoy this special time of the year! You accomplish so much and please remember that we do appreciate all that you do! (((hugs))) for you and Miss G!

  5. All my love and best wishes for the best Christmas ever for you and your precious family, Wendy. Even though I’m a day late!

    Blessings throughout the coming year, too.

    Love you,

    Sheila :-)

  6. Wendy…Blessings of the Season! I love reading all of your posts. Especially this Christmas post. I am a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Descendant on my Grandfather’s side.

    Henry wrote the above poem during the Civil War as he felt a great sadness for those who fought in the conflict. His own son Charlie entered the War and suffered a serious injury. Henry traveled to his son’s bedside and nursed him back to health. Henry wrote his Civil War Poem explaining his own sadness and the families that were suffering the same.

    The poem was eventually set to music by an English Organist John Paptiste Calkin who used it as a church processional and this has been a long standard for numerous years. Even today, hundreds of popular modern day singers have recorded the above song/poem which also includes the amazing Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and many more
    popular well known singers. Happy New Year!

  7. Hope you and your family had a blessed Christmas and the best for the coming New YR. I,too, enjoy your posts. looking forward to all your quilts that you will be doing in 2015. God’s blessings.
    Carol

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