We Wish You A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

 

We truly believe that Christmas is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! And we’d like to wish you and yours the most Amazing Christmas ever! We feel blessed by the wonder of the season and hope that joy and peace fill your heart today and all through the New Year.

For me, every Christmas is deeply connected with the memories of holidays long ago. The recollections are tied to songs and stories that celebrate this beautiful time of year. When I hear carols that I learned as a child, I am transported back to a magical time when anything was possible. It was a time when dreams did come true.  A time when Christmas trees twinkled with lights and silver tinsel icicles.

 

It was a time when the wonderful smell of baking cookies filled our home. Memories of my mom busy in the kitchen concocting all types of culinary feats fill my mind. One of our all-time favorites was her famous Christmas blackberry pie.  Wild berries that she had picked in the heat of August and then frozen, were thawed and baked into this amazing wintertime dessert. It was also a time to clean our home to a brilliant shine from floor to ceiling in preparation for the Big Day.  Gifts were carefully tucked away in secret hiding places, waiting to surprise the recipient on Christmas morning. When I close my eyes,  I can travel back in time and see my dad making trip after trip up to the attic. In his arms, he carried boxes and boxes of sparkly, shiny, precious ornaments in cardboard containers stowed away for rest of the year. I treasure these memories of Christmases of long ago.

The carols of the holiday season carry me back across the decades. Back in the 1970’s my family gathered together, at my mother’s direction, and rehearsed songs she had chosen for the year’s caroling program.  Many of these songs taught to us by our mother, were obscure and unknown. My brothers, older and more rebellious than me, grumbled about this caroling tradition, but my mother could not be swayed. Year after year we performed on our relatives’ doorsteps, just before Christmas arrived. The songs my mom chose were never ones that would be heard playing on the average Christmas playlist, then or now. Nonetheless, the carols are truly beautiful. One song etched in my memory, that I heard year after year at home was Christmas Can’t Be Far Away. 

You can read the words here: https://genius.com/Eddy-arnold-christmas-cant-be-far-away-lyrics

or listen to Eddy Arnold here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J100PepCEOg

The song takes me back 40 years and the lyrics remind us that Christmas was/is magical. It can change us for the better.

A neighbor tipped his hat to me this morning, the landlord even smiled and said ‘Good day’, and I want you to know that a stranger said ‘Hello’, Christmas can’t be far away…

Both young and old are planning sweet surprises, they’ll soon be tied with ribbons bright and gay, Goodwill is in the air, you feel it everywhere, Christmas can’t be far away…”

 

This place of magic, goodness, and hope was created by my parents long ago at Christmastime.

Many of us have forgotten what it was like to believe in the unbelievable. The luster and magic of Christmas fade as the years go by. That childhood innocence begins to disappear when we hear the whispers questioning the very existence of Santa Claus. “Is there a Santa Claus?” is a question that can send parents scurrying, looking for answers to tell their children. My wise mother had an answer for me when I began questioning. She found it in an article that appeared in the New York Sun, in 1897. A young girl, Virginia, had sent a letter to the paper asking this very question. Francis Church answered Virginia’s question in a way that is considered by many to be a masterpiece. Click here for full article: (“Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus“)

Of course, my mom taught me this lesson by way of a song. The lyrics are here:  Yes, There is a Santa Claus

“Yes, there is a Santa Claus for children everywhere, though you may watch the chimney tops and never see him there.

People say his magic sleigh flies in the sky above, but you may find him anywhere you find unselfish love.

Oh yes, he really does exist and Santa Claus will live, as long as hearts can realize, how good it feels to give.

So when you are feeling blue pick up your hope because, if there is kindness in this world, there is a Santa Claus, yes, there is a Santa Claus.”

We are true believers here at Piper Classics. We believe in the peace and goodwill of the season. We believe in the magic of snow and the spirit of goodness. We believe “It’s a Wonderful Life”. We believe in the spirit of giving and sharing. We believe “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” (Elf the Movie) We believe that every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings (It’s a Wonderful Life) We believe “it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” ― Charles Dickens.  We love these words as well, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.” ― Charles DickensA Christmas Carol

In honor of all your Christmases Past, and for all the Christmases yet to come, we hope that you will celebrate this Christmas Present exactly as you should. Remembering that it is a priceless, unrepeatable gift that will be a memory soon enough. Let’s not waste the miracle or the magic of this beautiful season. We will fill our Christmastime with family, friends, caroling and hot cocoa, sparkling lights and shiny ornaments, gifts tucked under the tree, and delicious treats from the kitchen. Let’s remember the real reason for the season and treasure every blessed Christmas Past. Creating new memories this year, that will be precious keepsakes for all of our Future Christmases. Let’s allow the magic and love of Christmas to fill our hearts today and support us through every day of the coming year.

From our home to yours, we wish you light, love and blessings from above.       The Piper Classics Family