Trees and lights and bells and carols;
Bright-wrapped packages, piled high;
Winter’s sharp blow joins the heralds:
“Christmas-time is nigh!”
Mailmen hurry; shoppers scurry;
Time is fleeing – Oh! So fast!
Parties gather, loud and merry,
Grander than in Christmas’ past.
Pause a moment to remember
That a Savior’s simple birth
Still stirs angel wings in susur’ –
“Peace to men; good will on earth!”
Now the Father’s hands that molded
The first Adam in the clay,
Gently ’round a manger folded,
Cradle a Baby in the hay.
So the Greatest Gift extended,
Gift of love and peace to all,
“God’s great love to man descended”
Calls us to a manger stall.
Â©1990 David Needham
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Submitted to Adam’s Carnival of Christmas
This is a piece (already posted at Whistling in the Light) that I’ve used in several different ways over the years. I had planned a much more elaborate Christmas postâ€”including a quasi-pod-cast-y sorta “report from the fields near Bethlehem” thingâ€” but instead, I think I’ll take bits and pieces and post them throughout Advent, up through Christmas.
NOTE: bumped to Christmas Eve and updated with the Carnival of Christmas URL