Adventures of the Jolly Ol Elf
My Daddy loved to make people laugh. He felt it was his callin’. Aunt Beat says he was “a born prankster.” Daddy would wear a red toboggan hat nearly everywhere – no matter what time of year it was. And with his white hair, grayish white beard, ‘n the twinkle in his eye, he looked just like Old Saint Nick himself.
Of course no paddin’ was necessary. Daddy couldn’t walk down the street without some child starin’ at him. Daddy would grab his belly ‘n say, “Ho, ho, ho.” The kids ‘n their parents excitedly waved ‘n laughed.
At Christmas, Daddy would trade in his red hat for a Santa hat. He would put on a red suit trimmed in white fur, pull up a pair of black shiny boots, ‘n try to buckle his belt. Daddy stuffed fruit ‘n goodies into a big, dark green garbage bag. Then he would toss that bag over his shoulder ‘n head out “ho, ho, hoin” through the neighborhood. You could hear the laughter when the neighbors opened their doors. Some even invited him in for hot cocoa.
One of Daddy’s good friends, Henry, owned a service station. They loved to pick at each other. Henry mentioned that he never got a red wagon for Christmas. Daddy had an idea. He went into the basement ‘n began cuttin’ out sheets of cardboard. Then he painted bricks on it, folded the cardboard like a chimney, ‘n sat it up in his old black pick-up truck. Our neighbor, Charlie, drove the truck while Daddy stood in the chimney wavin’ at everyone. Charlie said they got a lot of interestin’ looks drivin’ to the service station. He said, when they arrived, the customers didn’t know what to think. Daddy stepped out of the chimney ‘n gave a little red wagon to his friend. Later, Charlie said Henry was at a total loss for words. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that can make the biggest difference -like a little baby born long ago who was a king like no other.
Luke 2: 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Lord, teach us to always be givin' 'n doin' for others. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Things To Think 'bout:
1. What do you do for others?
2. Ask the Lord to show you what else you can do for others.