If anyone is reading this blog post today, this is the date many of us have set aside to recognize and honor the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and pray that the rest of this year and the next will be prosperous and filled with peace. 

            I would like to share something that I wrote in 1999 entitled “Christmas.”

When we are young, and life is like a flowering tree

We think only of the moment, and what is in it for me.

Christmas is a time of anticipation,

Youthful joy and expectation.

What will we get?  What can we do?

It is all about me and little about you.

Then in our teens, those rebellious years

We bring to our parents both joy and tears.

Christmas is a time of anticipation,

Youthful joy and expectation.

Why can’t I go off with my friends and be allowed to see,

What this world can offer me?

Then as young adults with children of our own

We are not the parents and the worries to us belong.

Christmas is a time of our children’s anticipation

Waiting to see if we fulfilled their expectations.

If we fail, this we will hear, “But I wanted the latest and hottest fad,

I didn’t get it and now I am mad!”

Then come the twilight years,

Alone to face our aging fears.

Children and grandchildren are grown with families of their own,

It’s Christmas and we are alone.

Forgotten, it seems with no one to share

Life’s little joys and no one seems to care.

Remember this in your Christmas of Twilight

As you turn inward and face the darkness of life’s night,

It is not the specific day that makes Christmas so dear.

It is not even the time of the year.

It is that your family has set one day aside,

To join you and celebrate there by your side.

© Roy Beaird 1999

            MERRY CHRISTMAS!  God bless everyone!

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