M & J Monday

I had just nodded off, at a quarter past four,
when the Spirit of Christmas stepped in through my door.
With a great show of sparkles, he decked all my halls
in tinsel and twinkles and bright, shining balls.
I was really quite fond of  the trimmings he'd brought.
"But there's just something missing this Christmas," I thought.
"Bells!" he said. "Jingle bells! Bells right away! 
Bells on a one-horse galloping sleigh!"
"A toy soldier band dressed in matching red sashes!"
"Candy can tongues and marshmallow mustaches!"
"Everyone caroling songs of goodwill."
"So merry that even the trees can't be still."
I shook my head. "You are really so kind.
But it's just not exactly what I had in mind."
He spoke to me then in a whisper of wings.
"There are gentle things the season brings."
"Snow that lies silent. As quiet as a mouse."
"And roads that all lead to your grandmother's house."
"Ten lords a-leaping as seven swans swim."
"And of course, Santa Claus, I'm just getting to him!"
I lifted my chin and started up at the ceiling.
I still wasn't getting that warm Christmas feeling.
That's when the Spirit of Christmas smiled.
"Remember, this all began with a child.
Because it took nothing but love to begin it,
it's not really Christmas if love isn't in it."
Your tree may be large as the room will allow
with a big yellow star on the uppermost bough,
but of one thing I'm certain, I'm sure of one thing.
It is love that makes the angels sing."
And that's when I got it. That's when I knew!
The thing that was missing from Christmas was you!
And so then, my darling, wherever you roam,
may you always be safe... may you always come home.
For as long as the world still spins and still hums,
wherever you are, and no matter what comes,
the best part of Christmas will always be...
you beneath my Christmas tree.
The Spirit of Christmas
~ Nancy Tillman
Happy Monday!


  1. I cracked up at the one of Marcus laying on the bench. H ha! It's like he'd given up. :)

  2. There is just something so dreamy and magical about a HUGE tree!

  3. Look at how cute they are! And the hand holding and head kissing!!

  4. The bigger the presents the better the fun. I love that you have these moments with the 2 of them. They will one day cherish these photos.

  5. Julia's dress is my size please! And that picture... melt my heart!

  6. What a gorgeous tree and gorgeous kids!! Great pictures!

  7. They are just too adorable with each other. I die every Monday!

  8. That last picture...oh my word! They are so sweet. I hope you guys had the Merriest of Christmases!

  9. The picture of Marcus facedown on the bench, haha!! Where is this fabulous tree?! So beautiful.