We recently found ourselves enjoying the preparations that go into holidays such as Christmas, after the test run called thanksgiving, but once the “grand affair” is over. It’s over! We usually have a tendency to head back into the status quo immediately, life is normal, ho-hum, boo-o-or-r-ring.

The following adaption of a popular Christmas poem may help put things in the proper perspective for today, and the coming year, and challenge us to allow this poem to speak to our hearts, just as all the others in this category of the menu do, for the remainder of time you have here on earth.

‘Tis a few days after Christmas, and out in the den
Daddy is watching pro football again
The children are throwing
and breaking their toys
And mother is up to her ears in the noise.

The melting snow drips through a hole in the roof
Boy, one of those reindeer sure had a sharp hoof
Ribbons and wrappings are spread all around
We hope, when they’re cleared, our lost child will be found!

Santa long since disappeared in the fog
The turkey is tasteless, the eggnog won’t nog,
The holly and ivy and tinsel and lights
no longer bring warm glows on cold, darkened nights.

Children who last week were helpful and sweet
Have mouths that are sassy and room less than neat
Those people with faces that smiled forth like elves
Are now once again just their grouchy old selves.

Then, carols of joy and hope filled the air
But now they are muffled by hard rock’s loud blare
The cold winds which now make Aunt Josephine freeze,
Were not even noticed on Yule shopping sprees

Why is it each year we are let down so hard?
Is there something ‘bout Christmas that we disregard?
The Babe in the manger became a great man
Who died and then rose again .....that was God’s plan.

His birth and His death...
Banners God has unfurled
to make men aware
that He loves all the world.

If we know that Christ loves us
And is always near,
Then Christmas will come
Every day of the year

Author unknown
(Our old Friend )

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