December 01, 2012

Stocking For Jesus

Do you remember these?

I was going through old Christmas things and found this white stocking and poem.


It brought back many memories of when my children were younger (and I was much younger LOL!) Every Christmas Eve we would right down on a piece of paper what we wanted to give Jesus for his Birthday. Something that would make us, our family, friends or the world a better place. We would then put it in the white stocking. The next year we would take our papers out and see how well we did and then write another one and place it in the stocking. 

It was nice making Christmas more about the Saviors birth rather than all about the gifts.
Well I decided to get a new stocking from the dollar store, and print out the new poem on something a little nicer.



You can get a copy of this HERE


THE WHITE STOCKING
(adapted by Carolyn Cox, Canberra)
‘Twas the night before Christmas as I walked through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The presents had been wrapped and placed under the tree
I paused, tired, excited, and then giggled with glee.
The stockings were hanging and were beautifully filled
No one had been forgotten, though the credit card was billed.
As I looked at the scene with the stockings on the ledge.
I noticed one was empty, the one on the edge.
Where's the Spirit of Christmas - What have I done?
The children's stockings are all full, except for this one
It was the stocking intended for the child of Bethlehem.
The White stocking for Jesus that was hung up by them.
Of all the people at Christmas, that might be forgotten
How could I not remember the Fathers Only Begotten?
Only He had been left out of the festivities.
As we planned and prepared all, for our families.
As I pondered, I realized this just was not right!
It was His birth that was being celebrated, after this night
I resolved then and there to remember the Lord
And quickly made changes that were easy to afford.
I hung the white stocking in a special place in our home.
And corrected the atmosphere to provide a more spiritual tone.
On Christmas morning I gathered the family together
And each of us wrote on a special piece of paper,
We gave Jesus a gift which we placed in the stocking.
A sincere change of heart, not there for the mocking.
The white stocking hung in our home as a symbol for us
Of the true meaning of Christmas - the Savior, The Lord Jesus
So take your white stocking and hang it with pride
Remember the Savior, put his gift in

If you decide to do this with your kids, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Please go HERE to see the fabulous blogs I link up to!!!

28 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Thanks for the printable and for sharing the fun idea.

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  2. Your welcome Rita, glad you stopped by!

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  3. Hi there! I stopped by through the Tutus and Tea parties Pinterest Linky. I pinned your post on my Christmas board. Here's the link I'd like to be pinned : http://ellecrafts.blogspot.fr/2012/11/ma-belladone-by-deer-and-doe.html
    Thank you from Paris ;)
    Bisous, Sparkle

    http://ellecrafts.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks, I'll make sure I pin it!

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  5. Found you on Paula's linky party... I am a new follower.... Would love you to follow back. Beautiful post and great pics :)

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  6. Hello, I am stopping by from Tatertots & Jello. I love this idea not only is it great for the kids but the adults as well to focus on the real meaning of Christmas. Thank you for the printable.

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    1. Your very welcome, thanks for stopping by!

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  7. What a lovely poem! It is so hard to focus on the true meaning of Christmas with all the commercialism around us. I try to stay out of the stores as much as possible and keep all the gifts low key and inexpensive and it takes off alot of stress. No one has high expectations but everyone has fun and enjoys exchanging gifts. And the young ones are getting so excited already!

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    1. I agree Nicole, I appreciate your comment! Thanks for coming by.

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  8. That is cool. I hadn't seen that before and it's a great idea!
    Kelly

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    1. Thanks and thank you for dropping by!

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  9. What a wonderful poem Thank you for sharing it at Whimsy Wednesday. We LOVE that you have taken the time to join our party:)

    Kelly at Smart! School {House}
    http://www.smartschoolhouse.com
    &
    Jenny at The NY Melrose Family
    http://www.thenymelrosefamily.com

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  10. Great idea for keeping Christmas more focused on Christ. Thanks for sharing this.

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  11. What a beautifully wonderful idea!!

    Happy WW :)
    Paula

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  12. This is amazing, I have never seen or heard of it but I LOVE it! Everyone gets so caught up in the Holiday rush that we often forget what Christmas is all about! I am definitely going to do this! Thank you so so much for sharing!

    (I am stopping by from BSN)

    Have a great day!

    Emily

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    1. Thank you Emily and thanks for stopping by.
      Marcie

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  13. What an awesome idea! I love it.

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  14. Great reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season.
    Thanks for linking up at the Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Adorned From Above,
    Debi.
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

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  15. HI coming from BSN...love. love this idea wish I had seen it years ago. http://babycakesalicia.blogspot.com/

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  16. What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing this on We Made That!

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  17. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea. You reminded me that I totally forgot to put out our traditional empty manger--to fill we straw as we do something for someone else. (Our gifts to Jesus.) Thanks for reminding me to slow down and remember what's important, and thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! I hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks so much Heidi. I love the manger tradition! You have a great weekend also.

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  18. That's great! I love anything that keeps the focus on Christ during Christmas. It is after all CHRISTmas is it not?

    I'd love if you came and linked up at my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2012/12/show-and-tell-4.html

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  19. Hi Marcie,
    I love this stocking and story. How beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    This weeks party starts at midnight tonight. I can’t wait to see what you have been up to.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee's

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  20. Marcie,
    I am featuring this post at this weeks Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Thanks so much for sharing with the blog hop. You can get your featured button on the sidebar of Adorned From Above. Here is the link for this weeks post.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/12/7-recipes-and-wednesdays-adorned-from.html
    I can't wait to see what you post this week.
    Thanks so much and Merry Christmas.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joy and Myrna @ The Busy Bees
    Linda @ With A Blast

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  21. Wonderful idea!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Can't wait to see what you link up this week. Thanks, Nichi

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  23. I really like this idea. Too bad I found it after Christmas was over. I'm going to try to remember to do this next year.

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