While tea parties
were always a good idea,
Alice began to WONDER if perhaps
there was more to Christmas.
After pondering a while
on the whole idea of Christmas,
she thought to ask around
to see if there could be something
she might be missing.
Sleepy Dormouse was no help,
as he was far too tired...
and couldn't be woken.
The Cheshire Cat's grin
...confirming that he was just as curious as she was,
after Alice began asking for input
into what he thought she
might be missing about Christmas.
Alice WONDERED if the March Hare
was able to shed any light
on the subject.
"Oh yes."replied the March Hare.
"There is a jolly Fat Man
who is Mister Christmas."
"He lives in a part of the world that is very cold.
He owns several reindeer
and drives a flying sleigh."
"I have heard that Mister Christmas
employs many elves
who work all year round on making toys."
"How very curious!"thought Alice.
The White Rabbit
chimed in on the discussion.
"That all sounds a bit too silly."
"Like nonsense, really..."
"Christmas is just all about Christmas trees,
and enjoying the company of others."
"You all seem to be forgetting
the season of goodwill."
The Tweedles had piped up on the subject.
"You know... peace on earth."
"Christmas is a time
for families to get together
and people helping other people."
"They give food to the needy children.
They take blankets and clothes to homeless people,
and they donate money to churches."
In her thoughts, Alice was WONDERING,
why people would help others
only at Christmas.
Why not all the time?
Curiouser and curiouser, indeed.
At this point in the discussion,
Mad Hatter was also beginning
to WONDER if they were all correct
in their meaning of Christmas...
or just all slightly bonkers.
Alice had certainly started something,
with all of her WONDERING.
Mad Hatter chose to delve further
into the truth about Christmas.
...if perhaps both he and Alice
should go and ask the Red Queen.
Surely one so Royal would know about
the true meaning of Christmas.
They would set out on a journey together,
...to discover the reason for the season.
Following the trail,
Looking for the signs...
That would lead them to...
...the Royal Rose Garden,
renowned for its marvellous red roses...
...where they hoped to meet with the Red Queen.
Past the Royal guards...
Her Royal Highness, the Red Queen,
happened to be in a good mood,
(which was a good thing)
due, to the festive spirit permeating the place.
So Alice and Mad Hatter felt it was safe
to bother her with their query.
"Oh you stupid people!
Christmas is absolutely ALL about presents!!"
"Lots and lots of presents
and free stuff!"
Both Alice and Mad Hatter
were a little disappointed to learn
that this was really what Christmas was.
So with their hopes a little dashed,
they left the Royal Rose Garden,
to head on back to WONDERland.
The countryside was now filled with
...banished from the Royal Garden.
Behind the paler roses
Keepsakes adorning a high wall.
Alice climbed up for a closer look.
Something was not right.
She just knew
that she was still missing something.
As Alice climbed back down,
she and Mad Hatter noticed an Angel,
While listening to the Angel,
they were amazed to learn that there was something...
...that they had indeed missed
while trying to discover what Christmas was.
Alice KNEW it!
She just knew there HAD to be something MORE
The traditions of this festive season...
The parties, feasting, music and singing...
...Christmas trees, Santa Clause and gift giving...
Keepsakes, families, helping the needy and poor...
Were all things to help us celebrate Christmas.
But they aren't the reason for Christmas.
Who would have thought it!
Christmas started with a BABY!
The Holy Son of God
was born in Bethlehem,
sent from Heaven
for all of us.
The baby's name is Jesus and He was born in a stable.
Jesus is the reason for Christmas.
And the best way to celebrate Christmas
is by remembering Jesus
and loving others the way He loves us.
The good news of the Saviour's birth
is something we hold very dear to us
here at Lilliput Loft.
Wise men still seek Him.
We wish everyone a safe and blessed Christmas,
as we remember Him.
Blessing to all,
love Vicki and Jill.
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As with our previous Christmas posts, there are links attached to most of the art dolls which will enable you to find the clever doll artists who created these amazing dolls. Just click on the highlighted words.
If you do want to see our previous Christmas posts click on these years for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011