The Gift of This Christmas
Almost midnight, Christmas day awaits
Or should I say that Santa does?
The stockings are full and gifts in place
But this will be unlike the Christmas that was.
The house will be empty, sons in various places
I'll be contemplating and smoking some meats
'Cause Grandpa Christmas will be on the 26th
New traditions can't be beat.
Despite all that has happened this year
Including a son's marriage and my divorce
This Christmas seems beautifully poignant
A calmness has become my force.
In the calm, I've given up Santa
(Until little granddaughter opens her stuff!)
And I decry the religion of merchandise
That provides only bills-that's enough!
The poignancy in this year's celebrations
Is the remembrance of my faith and beliefs,
The wrong things have gotten lost in my life
This year's solitude is a gift, a renewal, a relief.
This Christmas reminds me of God's love
It reminds me to simplify my thoughts
It encourages me that giving is loving
This Christmas reminds me that caring is never for naught.
The Son of God didn't need Air Jordans
Nor did he need malls, let's be clear
He changed the world with a message of love
Let that be the gift of the year.
Merry Christmas, my friends.
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