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What is Christmas Really About

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What is Christmas Really About

Quickly is coming Christmas day,
Perhaps you ponder with dismay
Amidst the shopping and the shouts,
What is Christmas really about?
 
Is it about reindeer and elves,
The gifts we wish for ourselves?
Is it about wrapping paper and bows,
Stockings stuffed with goodies clear to the toes?

Is it about family, friends, and feast,
The smell of bread baking rising with yeast?
About trees, lights, and cute decorations,
Parties, eggnog, and celebrations?

These commodities make the holiday bright,
But something else is required to make it right;
For Christmas is not about programs and costumes worn,
But about a miraculous baby that was born.

About Mary and Joseph, man and wife,
Who came to Bethlehem pregnant with life.
No room was left for them in the inn,
Shelter was found in a cattle pen.

The time of her delivery would not waiver,
In that stable she experienced labor.
Born into a place smelling of manure,
Christ arrived our salvation to assure.

Nearby shepherds tending flocks by night
Were startled by a glorious light.
Angels while seeking to calm their fear
Came proclaiming this event of cheer.

Told of a birth of a baby boy,
A king, a savior, who would bring joy.
His mission was one of peace,
From our sins to bring release.

Then with haste they went with glee,
Marveled at what they did see;
Found him in a manger yet filled with glory
Then left with excitement to tell his story.

So as we gather this December
May this jingle help us remember,
Christmas is not about dear old Santa Claus
But about the Christ who saves us from our flaws.


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  1. Date: 1/10/2012 10:04:00 PM
    Congratulations on youre lovely poem bein featured this week Brent, wishing you a very Happy New Year. Elizabeth

  1. Date: 1/9/2012 7:41:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Brent. I wish you the best in 2012 with your writing. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/9/2012 7:20:00 AM
    Congratulations on the week`s win Brent! :) oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 1/9/2012 6:57:00 AM
    Congrats on the feature, Brent. Materialism has taken away so much. We need to remember the true meaning. This was a wonderful reminder.

  1. Date: 1/5/2012 12:07:00 PM
    It's so difficult to write about Christmas without being kitchy or redundant, but you've done it. Great write Brent.

  1. Date: 12/26/2011 10:30:00 AM
    Amen! Beautiful poem, Brent. Kim

    Cloyd Avatar Brent Cloyd
    Date: 12/26/2011 3:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your kind words. I wrote this poem last year and decidded then that I would write a Christmas poem each Christmas.