Love this …

He was born in an obscure village
The child of a peasant woman,
He grew up in another obscure village
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until he was thirty.

He never wrote a book,
He never held an office,
He never went to college, or owned a house.
He never visited a big city,
In fact, he never travelled more than
two hundred miles from the place where he was born.
He did none of the things
Usually associated with greatness;
He had no credentials but himself.

He was only thirty three when the
Tide of public opinion turned against him.

His friends ran away
One of them even denied him.
He was turned over to his enemies,
And went through the mockery of a trial.
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves.
While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing,
The only property he had on earth.

When he was dead
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend.

Nineteen centuries have come and gone;
And today he is still the central figure of the human race, and our perfect example in all things.
All the armies that have ever marched,
All the navies that have ever sailed,
All the parliaments that have ever sat,
All the kings that ever reigned, put together,
Have not affected the life of man on this earth
As much as this one solitary life.

When I was little, my mother listened to Paul Harvey on the radio.
Every year on about the 23rd or 24th of December, he would read a favorite story or essay about Christmas. Mom would stop what she was doing and listen intently. One Solitary Life became one of our favorites.
As hard as it is for me to believe, I’m now the mom — and I’m running out of time! As I look at my yet incomplete list of
to-dos, I’m thankful for reminders like this.
Christmas will come in
48 hours regardless of how much more I get done — and what my
children will ultimately remember, is how I treated them, how patient
and kind I was — how well I lived the things I taught them about the
true meaning of this holiday.


On this note, I hope you let a few things go and make the time to unwind and enjoy –
Merry Christmas, from our home to yours!


  1. Thank-you Stacy for the gentle reminder!
    My iron broke last night right in the middle of 4 differant projects. There is no way now that I will be able to get them all done, inless someone knows how to turn back time.
    The tree is decorated, my babies are home from college and I just found out I’m going to be a Grandma, so life just isn’t that bad right now.

  2. Thank you for helping us want to be better moms. Sometimes I forget to just enjoy them. Espcecially when they are always screaming! YOu are good at reminding us about the little things! Everything is wrapped so the next 2 days are pretty well just for FUN! I am so letting most of the cleaning go!

  3. One Solitary Life is one of my very favorites…I hadn’t read it in a while. Thanks for the reminder.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  4. Merry Christmas Stacy…..Merry Christmas!

  5. Ginger Roberts says:

    Merry Christmas Stacy! I hope everyone has a GREAT and meaning MERRY CHRISTMAS this year! Let’s all remember the real meaning of Christmas this season!
    Ginger R

  6. How true, I love that reading! I am going to share that with the kids when they get up…you are so right it is not how much you get done, it is what you do together that matters! Have a blessed Christmas!
    Dinah Lee

  7. Stacy, I haven’t seen or heard that poem in quite a while…thanks for sharing it with us. It’s hard to believe Christmas is just 2 days away. Today my son and I will share the Christmas spirit at DH office; I love being able to do that. Thanks to you and BIG Picture, I have a feeling 2006 is going to be BIG for me and my family–I have so many plans to capture our life. Thank you so much for your radiance and insight…Merry Christmas!

  8. Oh wow! That’s what the narrator reads at Epcot during the Candlelight Processional program – I had no idea it was Paul Harvey! It’s my favorite part of the program, this year we heard Eartha Kitt read it. Pretty darn cool.

  9. Thank you for reminding us to let go of somethings that aren’t so important – and hang on to the ones that are! Hope that you and your family are blessed with the best Christmas yet. Enjoy them while they are home, it won’t be long and the nest will be empty far too fast!

  10. Stacy, Thanks for sharing that. I have been lucky to wrap up the chaos in my life on Tuesday and I have FINALLY been able to focus and enjoy Christmas!! You story has helped!!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your beautiful family!

  11. Joanne Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing that Stacy! Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!

  12. Thanks so much for this post. I needed the reminder as I am rushing about in a whirlwind today trying to get everything done before we fly out of state to visit family. I AM going to let a few things go today and just spend some family time with my kids.

  13. Merry Christmas!!!!

  14. Happy Holidays!!! I’ve heard or read this before and loved it.

  15. Merry Christmas to the entire Julian family…and a peaceful 2006.

  16. Stacy:
    my mom & dad have had this writing hanging on their living room wall for years. I am not especially religious, but it had always moved me.
    I wish all of you, the writer and readers of this blog, a blessed and joyous Christmas/holiday season. What a gift to have family, friends, and each other.
    Blessings for you all.

  17. Imagine, in all my 51 years of living, I’ve never seen this story… perfect! Thanks for sharing it… and may you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

  18. Stacy – it was great to meet you and your boys yesterday… They are so sweet and I can tell there is much harmony and love in your home.
    Enjoy your Christmas. And thanks for the great reflection on what it is truly about.

  19. Thanks Stacy – this is beautiful!
    May you, your entire family, and all friends here have a wonderful and blessed Christmas this year! I’m just ready to leave work, my kids are all making their way home from college, and the best part of my holiday is coming up – kissing and squeezing tight my (not so little) babies again — I can hardly wait!!!
    Love to you all – and peace.

  20. A very Merry Christmas to you, too, Stacy! May your Heavenly Father continue to bless you with his presence, inspiration and hope in the coming year.

  21. Betsy Cruickshank says:

    Thank you, I am off to hug my kids and see what we can do that is really fun. The food will be cooked, the presents wrapped and everything will get done and if not we will have a wonderful day anyway.

  22. Thank you Stacy.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  23. Thank you for posting that. I hadn’t read it in a long time. Merry Christmas!!!!

  24. Bernadette Sikorski says:

    Have a Blessed Christmas – have a wonderful day of family, fun and happiness.

  25. Isn’t that simply awesome?!

  26. oh wow! First time here and I am hit with that poem, how awesome it is! Thanks for sharing it :)
    Greetings from Down Under

  27. Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful essay. I am definitely going to have to print it out and add it to my family reading list over the Christmas season.
    Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

  28. Thanks for sharing such a lovely writing reminding us what the season is really about.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  29. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and Happy New Year! I’ve missed your postings the last week and hope you are just enjoying your holidays!:)

  30. Have a very blessed 2006! May God bless you and yours!

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