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Time traveling...

The Christmas box from my sister included one package she told me to open to spend time looking at it tonight. Fair enough; family tradition was that we each opened one present Christmas Eve. It's still Christmas Eve all the way up until I go to sleep.

It's something of a re-gift, though not at all in the usual meaning of the word. It's a book, One Little Baby, by Joan Gale Thomas. It's "A Christmas Counting Book" and my sister added an inscription to the one already there.

Sue's inscription reads:

2011
Merry Christmas Geri
54 years of Christmas....
pretty good survival rate
for a counting book
(heart symbol)
Your sister
Sue

And the original inscription?

1957
Merry Christmas
Mary Beth
from
Mommy

Sue found the book at Daddy's house this fall. Curiously enough, it was in my bedroom from my high school days (originally my brother's room). It's the room I still stay in when I'm there. I thought I'd looked through everything many times over, yet I have no memory of ever seeing this book there, none at all. Other books from my childhood, books inscribed to me from Mom or Mommy, have long been on my shelves at Toad Hall and here at Toad Woods. And now this one will join them.

After I read it a few dozen more times, that is.

"One little Baby
lying in the hay
in a manger in a stable
on the first Christmas Day."

Counting spread by spread up to:

"Ten tiny fingers
clutch at Mary's breast—
gently she feeds Him,
then lays Him down to rest."

Then ending back at the beginning:

"One little Baby,
Who came so weak and small,
pray look down from heaven above
and bless us one and all.

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parsleigh
Dec. 25th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
What a lovely gift. Merry Christmas, Geri.
ann_totusek
Dec. 25th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
What a precious family treasure for a Christmas Eve! May your Christmas Day be joyous!
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