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Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁 ❤️

It sure does feel good to have family over for the holidays! Merry Christmas to ALL of you!

Merry Christmas from the family! ❤️

Enjoy the day!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



Christmas Eve Love ❤️

Christmas Eve is here… It feels like it will never arrive, then Boom  💥 In reality it seems to fly by faster each year. Our family always gathers today for a big get together and meal. Then we watch a Christmas movie. Then we always get to pick a present to open tonight, saving the others till Tomorrow morning. Then before bed we read The Night Before Christmas, aka: A Visit From St. Nicholas. There is a lot of comfort in these family traditions ❤️ and this is always one of my favorite days of the year. I hope you all have a happy day and get to enjoy some family traditions of your own.

Don’t forget to leave milk and cookies for Santa tonight 🎅🏻 Merry Christmas!

 

A Visit from St. Nicholas
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
~ Clement Clarke Moore  (1823).

Peace, Love & Merry Christmas! 🎄❤️

Mark Carter



Christmas Zen

Good Morning! Christmas spirit is in the air! We are only 2 days from the Big Day! I couldn’t think of a better way to relax and get into the spirit than listening to good Christmas music in front of a roaring fire 🔥

Enjoy the fire 🔥 and enjoy the music 🎶 Merry Christmas 🎄 🎅🏻

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

Good morning and Merry Christmas to all! We are in the final countdown to the big day…

The time is flying by! 3,2,1 Boom 💥

This world is wild as an old wives’ tale,
And strange the plain things are,
The earth is enough and the air is enough
For our wonder and our war;
But our rest is as far as the fire-drake swings
And our peace is put in impossible things
Where clashed and thundered unthinkable wings
Round an incredible star.

To an open house in the evening
Home shall men come,
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.
To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all men are at home.

~ G.K. Chesterton “The House of Christmas”.

Merry Christmas 🎄 🎅🏻

Mark C.



My Top 10 Christmas Songs…

I was Just talking with friends about their favorite Christmas songs. Not surprising to me that many of the songs we compiled were not the old standards we all have come to expect. So, here’s a cool ‘Top 10 Christmas songs’ to enjoy…

Music sets the mood and makes the season more special 🎅🏻

Top 10 List –

1- Christmas in Paradise by Mary Gauthier

2- Christmas in Prison by John Prine

3- The Troublemaker by Willie Nelson

4- 25th December by Everything but the girl

5- Jesus and Elvis by Hayes Carll

6- Christmas Island by Jimmy Buffett

7- River by Joni Mitchell

8- Merry Christmas from the Family by Robert Earl Keen

9- Santa Clause is Watching You by Ray Stevens

10- Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry

 

If this list doesn’t get you tapping, singing along, smiling and crying, I don’t know what to tell ya’ ❤️

Merry Christmas y’all!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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