“Goodie, Goodie!” cried thechildren when we told them “two more weeks”
They’d been faithful doing homework,did their chores with fewer squeaks
“Will he really bring us candy?” “Can it reallybe so near?”
Christmas barely seemed withinour grasp—and then was gone—last year
After Christmas fascinationssimmered down and died away
Once the New Year’s resolutionsturned to ashes—wispy grey
Broken gifts and bits of bulbsthat had been crushed beneath the couch
—Hugging trimmings from the pine-tree—triggeredmorning’s barefoot “ouch!”
“What remained? What is different now that Christmas came and went?”
—I stood staring through asnowstorm while I pondered what we’d spent—
“Preparations, celebrations—mustit always come and go?”
—Then the springtime came uponus, sprouting flowers, melting snow
Little children weren’tgleeful, dismal parents packed with speed
This concerned the mighty rulers;was a journey forced for greed
Then in Bethlehem a couple found a cave within thehills
And a crying Jewish infant cameto life with zero frills
Past the stable’s destitution,Joe and Mary—homeward bound—
Carried just a helpless baby—nota scepter, not a crown
Sure, they’d met some ruggedshepherds, and a star above did shine
But the world was obliviousthis peasant was divine
What remained? What was different now that Christmas came and passed?
Did it matter it was simple? Itwas humble? Didn’t last?
Like it mattered God was godly!Oh, it mattered God was wee!
For he took upon our weakness—forhe joined humanity!
“Goodie, goodie” cry thechildren once again as Christmas nears
There’ll be candy, gifts andstockings, and again the Christmas “cheers!”
But the secret of unending joy which sets this year apart
Is—amid this Happy Holiday—themanger in my heart.
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