Giving love on Christmas

This is another borrowed post, which I received from a friend, Fr. Nicanor Lalog. He received this one from a friend he met in Toronto two years ago. I just thought this is worth sharing.

First Corinthians 13 — Christmas version

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows,
strings of twinkling

lights, and shiny balls, but do not show love to my
family and others,

I am 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 and
I am just

If I work at a
soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all I

have to charity,
but do not show love to my family, it profits me

If I trim the
spruce with shimmering angels and crystal snowflakes,

attend a myriad
of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata,

but do not focus
on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the
cooking to hug the child,
or kiss the husband or bless
the needy.

Love is kind, though harried or tired.

Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has
coordinated Christmas

and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids or other family to
get out of the way,

but is thankful that they are there to get in the

Love doesn’t
give only to those who are able to give in return,
rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things,

hopes all things and endures all


2 thoughts on “Giving love on Christmas

  1. that’s right – love never fails. ichanced upon your website and read some of your blogs, i hope you don’t mind. you write well, and you right with a heart. keep going!


  2. Thank you, Cherie. This particular blog entry is written by a priest friend, Fr. Nick Lalog, though. I hope that doesn’t change your opinion about my writing. Hehehe. I’m glad you appreciate my pieces. Sometimes I think I pour my heart out too much, but hey, I wouldn’t mind touching people’s lives along the way if that’s what it’s going to take.

    Take care.


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