Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man's hat.
If you haven't got a penny, a ha' penny will do.
If you haven't got a ha' penny then God bless you.

I learned this song as a "round" sometime in my childhood, and it has been coming into my head a lot as we move through Advent toward Christmas.

I love that it expresses anticipation, giving what you can no matter how small, and God's blessings.

It makes me think of all the people giving their pennies, ha' pennies and prayers to those in need, whether they be orphans living halfway around the world or someone in our own kitchen who needs an extra bit of patience at the end of a long day.

Christmas is coming.

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