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The Night Before Christmas

Thursday, December 17, 2009

T'was The Night Before Christmas
Not a Sign of Baby Jesus

T'was the night before Christmas
and all through the town
Not a sign of Baby Jesus
was anywhere to be found.

The people were all busy
with Christmas time chores
Like decorating, and baking,
and shopping in stores.

No one sang "Away in a manger,
no crib for a bed".
Instead, they sang of Santa
dressed-up in bright red.

Mama watched Martha Stewart,
Papa drank beer from a tap.
As hour upon hour
the presents they'd wrap

When what from the TV
did they suddenly hear?
'Cept an ad.. which told
of a big sale at Sears.

So away to the mall
they all flew like a flash
Buying things on credit
and others with cash!

And, as they made their way home
From their trip to the mall,
Did they think about Jesus?
Oh, no... not at all.

Their lives were so busy
with their Christmas time things
No time to remember
Christ Jesus, the King.

There were presents to wrap
and cookies to bake.
How could they stop and remember
who died for their sake?

To pray to the Savior
they had no time to stop.
Because they needed more time
to "Shop til they dropped!"

On Wal-mart! On K-mart!
On Target! On Penney's!
On Hallmark! On Zales!
A quick lunch at Denny's

From the big stores downtown
to the stores at the mall
They would dash away, dash away,
and visit them all!

And up on the roof,
there arose such a clatter
As grandpa hung icicle lights
up on his brand new step ladder.

He hung lights that would flash.
He hung lights that would twirl.
Yet, he never once prayed to Jesus...
Light of the World.

Christ's eyes... how they twinkle!
Christ's Spirit... how merry!
Christ's love... how enormous!
All our burdens... He'll carry!

So instead of being busy,
overworked, and uptight
Let's put Christ back in
Christmas and enjoy
some good nights!

Merry Christmas, my friends!

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    Very nice post, thank you. Away in a Manger is actually my favorite song too. If it's sung right, I always tear up.
    3761 days ago
    Isn't it a sad sign of our times that this is true of most people? Christians have to start
    standing up for our right more often. If I want a Baby Jesus and Nativity set on my lawn, I will put one there. And the only peace of earth is going to ccme when all of us believe.
    3761 days ago
    This was great Arlene.
    3761 days ago
    Yes, Jesus is the heart of CHRISTmas!

    Merry CHRISTmas!
    3761 days ago
    It sure made me stop and think.
    3761 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder...always good to get a look at the laughable bussle we have created this time of year and remember the true reason for giving.
    3761 days ago
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