Christmas hasn’t been the same for two years because Daddy’s, Fred W. Valentine, is gone. For 64 years we celebrated Christ’s birthday together with family and friends. In the early years we left cookies and buttermilk for him as he played the role of Santa Claus. Later he assembled bicycles and helped us open the big gifts. Even later he’d sit while Momma, his daughters and grandchildren opened our gifts one at a time. When it was his turn he’d smile even more and show his delight over even the smallest gift. The joy in his eyes, his laughter, his hugs, his love will be missed, because Daddy will be spending Christmas with “The Good Lord” again this year. Those words, “The Good Lord,” were among the last intelligible words he spoke before he passed away on May 13, 2017 at the age of 98. He is gone, but not lost because we know where he is. He’s in Heaven.
For many years I’ve shared a poem that has comforted me and countless others at Christmastime. This year I call on it once again for comfort. May it also bless any of you who will miss a precious loved one this Christmas.
“My First Christmas In Heaven”
I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below
With tiny lights, like Heaven's stars, refl ecting on the snow.
The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away that tear
For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear
But the sounds of music can't compare with the Christmas Choir here
I have no words to tell you, the joy their voices bring,
For it is beyond description, to hear the angels sing.
I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart.
But I am not so far away, we really aren't apart.
So be happy for me dear ones, you know I hold you dear.
And be glad I'm spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
I sent you each a special gift, from my heavenly home above.
I sent you each a memory of my undying love.
After all, love is a gift more precious than pure gold.
It was always most important in the stories Jesus told.
Please love and keep each other, as my Father said to do.
For I can't count the blessings or love He has for each of you.
So have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear Remember,
I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
Gail Valentine Taylor, Woods-Valentine Mortuary, (626) 798-8941, FD-0582