Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Holiday Scrapbook: Christmas-1st Corinthians 13 Style

Here's a favorite clipping from the pages of my trusty holiday scrapbook; great to remember at the beginning of December!

1st Corinthians 13 Style
Author unknown

If I decorate my house perfectly
with plaid bows
but do not show love to my family,
I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen,
baking dozens of Christmas cookies,
preparing gourmet meals and arranging a
beautifully adorned table at mealtime,
but do not show love to my family,
I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and
give all that I have to charity,
but do not show love to my family,
It profits me nothing.

If I trim the tree with shimmering angels and
sparkling snowflakes,
attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing carols galore,
but do not remember Christ,
I've missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though hurried and tired.

Love doesn't envy another's
home that has
coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way.

Love doesn't give only to
those who are able to
give in return,
but rejoices in giving to those who

Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.

Love never fails.

Video games will be beaten,
pearl necklaces will be lost,
golf clubs will rust,
but giving the
gift of love
will endure.

I didn't write this, but I wish that I had. What a wonderful reminder of getting our priorities straight as we begin the month of December!

I will be joining Life as Mom and The Thrifty Home for their swaps today.

(Book I'm reading now: Giant by Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber)


  1. great adaption of the love chapter - a great daily reminder! thanks.

  2. Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. So well written - thank you for sharing it! I've been feeling very crummy about myself and how ill-prepared I've been this Christmas season and needed this boost.

    My family had a tree, presents, Christmas dinner and most important: each other. The gorgeous decorating and table settings will have to wait for another year.

    What we really needed more of was Jesus.