Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Bells

Our first order of business today is simply to announce our store hours for the upcoming week. They are as follows:

Monday, December 24th: 10am-2pm
Tuesday, December 25th: Closed
Wednesday, December 26th: Closed
Monday, December 31st: Closed
Tuesday, January 1st: Closed

Thank you for being such wonderful customers and allowing us the time to celebrate the Christmas season with our families!

We also want to share with you one of our favorite Christmas poems. Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Christmas Day in 1863, his poem "Christmas Bells" has since been set to music and become one of our country's most beloved Christmas carols: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day."

The last verse is especially uplifting and beautiful.

Christmas Bells

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet 
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
the belfries of all Christendom
had rolled along
the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to each of you! May this Christmas season be a joyful one for you and your families!

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