Saturday, December 24, 2011

What's Up the Street For Next Week- CHRISTMAS Edition


What a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Christmas this year on the Lord's DAY! Let's give you the lineup and then a Christmas poem for your devotional pleasure :-)

Monday - Angie talks about Taking a Break from Writing - when to consider a break.

Tuesday - Ready for a New Year's Writing Resolution? Stop by and see what Julia has to tell us.

Wednesday - Along with all of the post-Christmas cleanup, Sarah writes about "Post-Holiday Plan for Writers"

Thursday - Pepper offers a mistletoe inspired post straight from some of your favorite authors - tips on writing 'kissing scenes'. Yum....

Friday - Cindy gets you ready for New Year's web surfing with fun and helpful links for writers.

Stop by and enjoy the fun! Bring your ideas! We love visitors 'round here :-)

So - to keep you in mind of the reason for the season, here's a poem:

Twas the Night Jesus Came

Twas the night Jesus came and all through the town,
Not a person would guess The Messiah came down.
The earth gave no warning to speak God’s intent
But this magical night I would never forget.

The streets were all busy with strangers from far;
No time to hear singing or see the bright star.
As my young friends and I kept our watch o’er the flock
We had no idea we’d soon get a shock.

When out of the darkness there rose such a light,
I sprang from the hilltop to gaze at the sight.
An angel came shining as bright as noon-day,
More fearsome and brilliant than I’ve words to say.

At first he said, softly, “There’s no need to fear.”
Which I found hard to do since this host first appeared,
But he said, “Be of Joy! I bring you great news!
Your Savior is born, there is no time to lose.”

“This babe wrapped in cloths has no crib for his bed,
But rests his sweet head in a feed-trough instead.”
And then other angels, more than I can know,
Rejoiced through the dark with their songs and their glow.

Like millions of stars dancing down to the earth,
They lifted their voices in praise of his birth-
Singing, “Glory to God.” Through the stillness of night
“and peace to all men,” then they flew out of sight.

It didn’t take long to break out of our shock.
We ran down the hill leaving our field and flock,
And found the sweet baby inside a damp cave,
But could this be Christ – the whole world to save?

The donkeys and horses had left a foul smell.
The straw was all muddy, the manger as well.
But everything was as the angel had said,
A babe wrapped in cloths in a crude manger bed.

Then I know – it was clear. Where else would he be?
The Teacher and Healer to make the blind see.
The Savior who’d carry the sins of us all,
Where else would show love than an old cattle stall?

This baby, The Christ, would clean up all our messes.
He’d take on our curses and give us His blessings.
So as I adored Him, God’s Son, the true Light,
God seemed to be whisp’ring to all a “good night”

copyright 2009 Pepper D. Basham

Merry Christmas from our Alley to yours. God's blessings on you and yours.
May you know the wonder of His grace and the unfathomable richness of His love.


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Taking the story elements of her Blue Ridge Mountains’ heritage, Pepper  Basham writes a variety of fiction seasoned with grace and humor, including contemporary romance and fantasy. She’s a pastor’s wife, mom of five, university instructor, and a 2011 double Genesis finalist. She can be found causing mischief at her group blog, The Writers Alley, or at


Sarah Forgrave said...

Merry Christmas, ladies! Hope it is blessed.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Merry Christmas to all. Hope you have a super, wonderful, exciting, fun-filled, blessed day celebrating Jesus' birthday.

Joanne Sher said...

Merry Christmas!

Jeanne Takenaka said...

Beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing it. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, as we focus on the Giver of the best gifts. May it be a joyful day!

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Merry Christmas!

Angie Dicken said...

Merry Christmas!!!

patti.mallett_pp said...

MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS BE SWEET!!! Thanks for sharing the "cool" poem! Reading it with my "White Christmas Tea" was a great way to begin my (late to wake-up) day!