>Taking Stock of Christmas

>What can I give you this Christmas?
Something sparkling to go with your eyes?
I’ll give you the light of a Yuletide star
from the cold December sky.
What can I give you this Christmas?
Something soft like the sound of your name?
I’ll give you the hush of the falling snow
as it settles on the ground.
There isn’t much that a boy like me can give to a girl like you.
I’ve searched the Christmas shop windows and now I know it’s true.
What can I give you this Christmas?
Not a thing that I’ve seen will do.
So I’ll give you my heart and my own true love
that will last the whole year through.


Something sparkling, to go with my eyes?
I’m not much of a jewelry person; I’m a casual dresser. No tiaras here, just fingerless gloves to keep my hands warm at my desk before the office heat kicks in But my eyes – I’m hearing impaired, so my eyesight is precious. My sweet husband saw me through cataract surgeries in both eyes. He even agreed to the expensive and not-one-cent-covered by insurance multi-focal replacement lens. Now, the world sparkles a lot more brightly than it ever did.

Something soft? My new Snuggie in a Green Bay Packers print is very warm and snuggly, soft and sweet. And since my ever-patient husband, a.k.a. Chuck, has a whole different outlook on the football season, it’s really sweet of him to buy this for me.

But his heart and his own true love – my supremely wonderful spouse outdid himself this time. When I mentioned my desire, he called it “…a worthless piece of paper.” He wasn’t far off. It doesn’t pay dividends, I can’t sell it, it’s so non-transferable that I can’t even leave it in my will. But in spirit, it’s worth a million, and when I opened the box, I had a lump in my throat.

Readers, I received a share of Green Bay Packers stock for Christmas. I am officially – literally, not figuratively – an NFL owner, an investor in the Green Bay Packers.

Lyrics to ‘What can I give you this Christmas?’ were hard to find, and I still can’t find the songwriter’s name to give credit where credit is due. It’s a lovely song, and it fits the true sentiments of gift giving at this time of year.

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