The Gift of Love
A wreath hangs over our mantle -
It's pine-scent fills the air,
A Santa Claus doll, over fifty years old
Stands next to my easy chair.
Tis late Christmas eve, my family's at rest,
The end of a joy-filled day -
Warmth from the fire, burning low in the hearth,
Sends my thoughts drifting far away.
I envision a child and a stable,
His bed a manger of hay -
A mother humming a soft lullabye,
And I bend my head to pray.
I can almost see the Wise Men -
Who'd traveled from distant lands -
Guided by a brilliant eastern star
Bearing precious gifts in their hands.
I can almost hear what those Shepherds heard,
Tending sheep on a nearby hill -
The voices of Angels lifted in song -
A hymn of peace and good will.
I ponder what brought those Shepherds,
And those Wise Men of Temporal worth -
To a stable outside of Bethlehem
To attest this lowly birth.
The Prophets, I've heard, wrote of His birth -
Some said as a King He would reign -
Bring peace to the earth, dispell all war,
Rid the earth of it's grief and pain.
But the Child, full grown, spoke only of Faith -
"Do good to each other", He said,
"And if a man smite thee? Stay thy hand.
Give love in return instead."
His teachings inflamed the whole of mankind
And though on a cross He died -
He lives in the hearts of those who believe -
Though often their Faith is tried.
I end my prayer by giving thanks
To the Lord who reigns above -
Accepting the gift He sent with His son -
The gift of Eternal Love.
Oh I'm sure that in all the years to come -
There'll always be gifts and toys -
There'll always be Santa and Christmas trees,
And lots of parties and noise.
But no matter what creed or faith we espouse -
There's hope for the coming years -
If we will just share the gift of love
As Christmas day draws near.
V. Beverly Rogers
A Gift from my daughter! Dec, 2000
ABC's of Christmas
A Christmas Carol
A Little Child Shall Lead
A Mother's Christmas
A Filling Station
Almost Time for Christmas
Angels, Once In Awhile
Christmas Day in the Morning
Christmas With Jesus Christ
Christmas With Louise
If I Were Santa
Leroy the Redneck Reindeer
Mom's Christmas List
My Christmas Wish
Nutton For Christmas
On Going Home for Christmas
Santa Gets Help
The Cobbler and His Guest
The Faded Blue Blanket
The Filling Station
The Twelve Days of Christmas (Possible)
The Twelve Days of Christmas -Silly Style
The Twelve Days of Christmas - PSP Style
The Last Christmas Tree
To All Concerned
Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus
You Can't Buy Me Christmas
Who Started Christmas
"Twas' the Night Before Christmas
and Different Versions
'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Original)
'Twas the Night Before Christmas (The Reason For The Season)
'Twas the Night Before Christmas (Cajun Style)
'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Corporate Style)
'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Dieter's Style)
'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Dog's Eye View)
Twas' the Night Before Christmas (Maxine Style)
'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Mom's Style)
'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Politically Correct)
'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Rock-Away-Rest-Home)
'Twas The Week After Christmas