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Christmas Day

I’ve never had a Christmas tree
Nor stockings filled with treats.
I’ve never gone to midnight mass
Nor hoped for Santa-meets.

I’ve never woken Christmas morn
With presents to unwrap
And no one in my household
Ever wore a stocking cap.

I’ve never eaten Christmas ham
Or fruitcake and to drink,
My sibs and I stirred rags for “eggnog”
In the basement sink.

But don’t feel bad for me because
I celebrated, too.
The holiday of Chanukah
Was what my family knew.

We had our presents and our foods
And candles every night,
With songs and family gathered ‘round,
Eight days of pure delight.

But still, today, I’d like to wish
Amid the bright displays,
To all my Christmas friends
The very merriest of days.

Copyright © ilene bauer

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