Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas 2015 Newsletter

Christmas 2015
‘Twas the night before Christmas, in Louisiana, you know...
Way out in the country, without any snow.
Asleep in their Bunkhouse, were Jake, Holly and Emily too, a dreamin’ of Christmas, like me and like you.
Not stockings, but boots, at the foot of their bed, for this was Louiaiana, need more be said.
When all of a sudden, from out the still night, there came such a ruckus, it gave me a fright.
And I saw ‘cross the pasture, like a shot from a gun, a loaded up buckboard, comin’ on at a run.
 The driver was “Geein” and “Hawin”, at will, the horses (not reindeer) he drove with such skill.
“Come on there Brick, Zipper, Gio, Oli , Ruth and Milo, there’ll be plenty of travelin’ for y’all tonight.”
The driver in Wrangler’s and a shirt that was red, had a ten-gallon Stetson on top of his head.
As he stepped from the buckboard, he was really a sight, with his beard and moustache, so curly and white.
As he burst in the Bunkhouse, the children awoke, and were so astonished, that neither one spoke.
And he filled up their boots with such presents galore, that neither could think of a single thing more.
When Jake recovered the use of his small voice, he asked in a whisper, “Are you really Santa Claus?”
“Am I the real Santa? Well, what do you think?”
And he smiled as he gave a mysterious wink.
Then he leaped in his buckboard, and called back in his Southern drawl,
“To all the children in Louisiana, Merry Christmas, Y’all”

         Merry Christmas
               The Hall’s,
                   James & Betty

This year has been full of blessings. God took care of our health and our family. Our daughter, Delana, blessed us with a sweet Grandson, Jake , who is now 8 months old and so much fun. His big sister, Emily, is growing into a beautiful young lady and continues to fill our hearts with joy, love, and  laughter. Our other daughter Summer, and her husband, Paul, were just blessed with a beautiful little girl. Holly Rayne was born on November 30.   God is so good! As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we want to stop and give thanks that he is in our life daily. Our prayer this year is for peace for our Country and our Leaders. We pray for those that are lost and that they will turn to God . We pray for those that have lost loved ones this year and for God to comfort them. 

 Soon the gifts will be unwrapped, the dinner all eaten, the sounds of family and laughter will be silent as they return to their homes and James and I will be left with hearts full of love and new memory’s made. We wish all our Family and Friends the same joy, a Merry Christmas, and a blessed year to come in 2016. 


  1. It's really the blessings that make Christmas such a rich experience, aren't they? Glad you had a wonderful day!

    Merry Christmas to you, too--and all your family. And best wishes for a vibrant 2016!

  2. Merry Christmas to you and yours dear, Betty ~ a little late but wished with love.


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