Cozy Cottages & Happy Homes

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

Day: December 22, 2010

Live Like a Local: Holiday Shopping

The big day is getting close…are you still shopping? Well, if you are looking for wonderful places for last minute gifts, look no further than Tybee! We have so many wonderful places to get unique and wonderful gifts, it’ll make your head spin!
Of course, Seaside Sisters has everything you need for the holidays, so make sure you visit them! They are the place to go if you are looking to pick up Mermaid Morning Bliss Coffee or Beach Bum Biscuitsas stocking stuffers, too. Those are feel good presents too, since every purchase helps out the Tybee sea turtles and sponsoring service and guide dogs, respectively! The ladies at the shop have all sorts of fun, sassy, and definitely unique gift ideas, so it’s pretty much a one-stop shop for all your holiday needs.

Tybee also has loads of wonderful art galleries and other shops, perfect for anyone on your Christmas list! Stop by the Atlantic Beacon Art Gallery, Latitude 32, and Gallery By the Sea, and Tybee Fish Art for gifts of all kinds, from clothing to handmade art from local and regional artists. So, if you are still shopping for the mermaid-at-heart in your life, why not come to Tybee and finish off your shopping list!

Our Guardians of Honor at Christmas

We received this wonderful, beautiful, thoughtful and most honorable Christmas poem today.  We reprint it here for all to share.  We set aside our politics, our fears and doubts for our troubled world, and our sadness for those who wish us harm.


You know of someone that this poem is talking about.  Let us all give thanks, praise, support and love to those who serve to protect us.

IT’S CHRISTMAS DAY ALL IS SECURE

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

HE LIVED ALL ALONE

IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE

AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME DID LIVE


I LOOKED ALL ABOUT A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE

NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN A TREE

NO STOCKING BY THE MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND

ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES OF FAR, DISTANT LANDS

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES AND AWARDS OF ALL KINDS

A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY MIND



FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT, IT WAS DARK AND DREARY

I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING…SILENT…ALONE

CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR OF THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME



THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE, THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER

NOT HOW I PICTURED A LONE AMERICAN SOLDIER

WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I’D JUST READ

CURLED UP ON A PONCHO THE FLOOR FOR A BED


I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT

OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT

SOON ROUND THE WORLD THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY

AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY


THEY ALL ENJOY FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR

BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE

I COULDN’T HELP WONDER HOW MANY ALONE

ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME


THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE

I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE

“SANTA DON’T CRY THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE,

I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON’T ASK FOR MORE

MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS”


THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP

I COULDN’T CONTROL IT, I CONTINUED TO WEEP


I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS, SO SILENT AND STILL

AND WE BOTH SAT AND SHIVERED FROM THE COLD NIGHT’S CHILL

I DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD DARK NIGHT

THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR SO WILLING TO FIGHT


THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE

WHISPERED, “CARRY ON SANTA IT’S CHRISTMAS DAY.  ALL IS SECURE”

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT

“MERRY CHRISTMAS, MY FRIEND, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT”

We share this with you in hopes you will take a moment and think about how fortunate we are to be secure thanks to the brave mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors…all who serve this country.

This poem was shared with us by a young widow who recently lost her husband in service to you, me and everyone everywhere who values all that is good on this earth.

Mermaid Cottages is honored and proud to sponsor and support puppies to be trained as guide dogs and service dogs to persons with disabilities through the proceeds from our Beach Bum Biscuits.  These guide dogs and service dogs also serve our honored veterans living with injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

 


LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH
LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH
LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH
LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH
LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH
AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME


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