And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
"It came without packages, boxes or bags!"
And he puzzled three hours, ’til his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn’t come from a store."
Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more!"
1And it came to pass in those days, there went forth a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world be enrolled —
2this enrollment first came to pass when Cyrenius was governor of Syria —
3and all were going to be enrolled, each to his proper city,
4and Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, that is called Bethlehem, because of his being of the house and family of David,
5to enroll himself with Mary his betrothed wife, being with child.
6And it came to pass, in their being there, the days were fulfilled for her bringing forth,
7and she brought forth her son — the first-born, and wrapped him up, and laid him down in the manger, because there was not for them a place in the guest-chamber.
8And there were shepherds in the same region, lodging in the field, and keeping the night-watches over their flock,
9and lo, a messenger of the Lord stood over them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they feared a great fear.
10And the messenger said to them, `Fear not, for lo, I bring you good news of great joy, that shall be to all the people —
11because there was born to you to-day a Saviour — who is Christ the Lord — in the city of David,
12and this [is] to you the sign: Ye shall find a babe wrapped up, lying in the manger.’
13And suddenly there came with the messenger a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying,
14`Glory in the highest to God, and upon earth peace, among men — good will.’
15And it came to pass, when the messengers were gone away from them to the heavens, that the men, the shepherds, said unto one another, `We may go over indeed unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that hath come to pass, that the Lord did make known to us.’
16And they came, having hasted, and found both Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger,
17and having seen, they made known abroad concerning the saying spoken to them concerning the child.
18And all who heard, did wonder concerning the things spoken by the shepherds unto them;
19and Mary was preserving all these things, pondering in her heart;
20and the shepherds turned back, glorifying and praising God, for all those things they heard and saw, as it was spoken unto them.
21And when eight days were fulfilled to circumcise the child, then was his name called Jesus, having been so called by the messenger before his being conceived in the womb.
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Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night.