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25 ways we're different this Christmas ~ ~ ~



1. Last Christmas
we were thinking about all the things we didn't have;
This Christmas
we are thinking about all the things we do have.

2. Last Christmas
we were placing wreaths on the doors of our homes;
This Christmas
we are placing wreaths on the graves of our heroes.

3. Last Christmas
we were letting our Sons play with toy guns;
This Christmas
we are teaching them that guns are not toys.

4. Last Christmas
we were counting our money;
This Christmas
we are counting our blessings.

5. Last Christmas
we paid lip service to the real meaning of the holidays;
This Christmas
we are paying homage to it.

6. Last Christmas
we were lighting candles to decorate;
This Christmas
we are lighting candles to commemorate.

7. Last Christmas
we were digging deep into our bank accounts to find money to fly home for the holidays;
This Christmas
we are digging deep into our souls to find courage to do so.

8. Last Christmas
we were trying not to let annoying relatives get the best of us;
This Christmas
we are trying to give the best of ourselves to them.

9. Last Christmas
we thought it was enough to celebrate the holidays;
This Christmas
we know we must also find ways to consecrate them.

10. Last Christmas
we thought a man who could rush down a football field was a hero;
This Christmas
we know a man who rushes into a burning building is the real one.

11. Last Christmas
we were thinking about the madness of the holidays;
This Christmas
we are thinking about the meaning of them.

12. Last Christmas
we were getting on one another's nerves;
This Christmas
we are getting on our knees.

13. Last Christmas
we were giving thanks for gifts from stores;
This Christmas
we are giving thanks for gifts from God.

14. Last Christmas
we were wondering how to give our children all the things that money can buy-
the hottest toys the latest fashions, the newest gadgets;
This Christmas
we are wondering how to give them all the things it can't-
a sense of security, safety, peace.

15. Last Christmas
we were thinking about all the pressure we are under at the office;
This Christmas
we are thinking about the people that no longer have an office to go to.

16. Last Christmas
we were singing carols;
This Christmas
we are singing anthems.

17. Last Christmas
we were thinking how good it would feel to be affluent;
This Christmas
we are thinking how good it feels to be alive.

18. Last Christmas
we thought angels were in heaven;
This Christmas
we know some are right here on earth.

19. Last Christmas
we were contemplating all the changes we wanted to make in the New Year;
This Christmas
we are contemplating all the changes we will have to make in this new reality.

20. Last Christmas
we believed in the power of the pocketbook;
This Christmas
we believe in the power of prayer.

21. Last Christmas
we were sharing/spreading/listening to gossip;
This Christmas
we are sharing/spreading/listening to the gospel.

22. Last Christmas
we were complaining about how much of our earnings went to pay taxes;
This Christmas
we comprehend that freedom isn't free.

23. Last Christmas
we valued things that were costly;
This Christmas
we value things that are holy.

24. Last Christmas
the people we idolized wore football, basketball, and baseball uniforms;
This Christmas
the people we idolize wear police, firefighter, and military uniforms.

25. Last Christmas
peace on earth is something we prayed for on Sunday mornings;
This Christmas
it is something we pray for every day.


There is one thing we must always keep in mind,

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.




Happy Holidays!