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I am an International Man of Mystery - born in Trinidad, raised in New Zealand, and living in Australia. My earliest influences lyrically were those of the Calypsonians of the 1960s, the greatest being old Birdie himself the Mighty Sparrow as well as the joyful songs of The Merrymen. Later in my teens I was struck by the power of words and language from the mercurial pen of Bob Dylan. The first poem I ever wrote was in 1975 at the age of 14 for a class assignment. I copied the lyrics from the Pink Floyd song "Money" and got a great mark from my teacher, Mrs Laird. She congratulated me on my effort and creativity (something I possessed very little of in school) and so I eventually came clean and had to re-write it. She did commend me on my honesty and choice of lyric though and did what good teachers do...engage and encourage. It could have been worse - I nearly chose a Frank Zappa song that would have been highly inappropriate! My poetry is very much like me - a work in progress! I often revisit and revise my catalogue as I grow as a writer and am grateful for any constructive advice. The real writer and talent in my family is my wife who is more an author than a poet, but she is far too sensible to bare her soul to the world. I, however, am not! I love my golf, my cricket and my Rugby League (that's a similar sport to Rugby for all my non-European/Australasian readers) and support Russell Crowe's team, the mighty South Sydney Rabbitohs and the North Queensland Cowboys in the Australian NRL (National Rugby League). Go the Bunnies and go the Cowboys!


'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Blog Posted:12/23/2018 6:23:00 AM

 

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

 not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

 the stockings were hung by the chimney with care

 in hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there...

 

I joked with my 18 year old son that we would cancel Christmas this year. His mother and I need a rest and just couldn't be bothered with all the fuss. In my best straight face I told him we celebrate it every year and I just want a break. We'll do it again next year I promise.

His response to me was "good, great...I agree! Why are we celebrating and supporting a heathen ritual anyway - the biggest commercial and marketing con ever perpetrated on a gullible materialistic world?". He quickly added "Jesus wasn't born in December, Santa is a pagan invention along with the tree and the whole industry of Christmas"...and on and on he went.

His mother and I argued that while much, if not all of what he said is true, we reminded him of what Christmas meant to him as a kid. What it meant to all of us as a kid. That's the magic of Christmas. As an adult, for me it has a very different meaning - a spiritual one.

It's true that Santa is an incarnation of a 3rd century Greek monk called St Nicholas who was known for his piety and kindness, and who gave away his inherited wealth and travelled the countryside helping the sick and poor. Very Christ-like. I personally have no problem with Santa and the gift giving. What I do have an issue with is the message and true meaning has been lost to Wall Street and Madison Avenue.

And of course not everyone celebrates Christmas. Apart from other faiths there are some Christians who don't commemorate what is probably the second most revered and recognised event on the Christian calendar after Easter.

I was just wondering if my son's views are shared by many or few or is Christmas for you still a time of love and goodwill and of giving and the message of Christ?

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PS: His heartfelt convictions it seems have limitations. He still wants the iphone, the lion head gold ring and alligator boots and various computer games he's been hinting at for the last three months.

It appears my son is a man of principle...but he can be bought!

PPS: For all my son's protestations, the only movie he's cried through in his short 18 years on this planet was when he watched THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. So no, we won't be cancelling Christmas this year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!!

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Date: 12/27/2018 1:40:00 PM
Christmas has come and gone-It was windy and cold-Inside a lone heart that's weathered-Seasons without seasoning-Where the merriment of the day was bland-The road was empty of cheer-As he misses his misses
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Date: 12/25/2018 11:39:00 AM
Enjoyed this Christmas musing. A man of principle who can be bought! Lol! Wishing you and yours many blessings!
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Date: 12/24/2018 5:54:00 PM
Well, it's Christmas morning here in Oz but still Christmas eve in North America. Santa didn't bring me my jet ski again this year but all's good. I'd probably end up in traction anyway lol. The turkey and ham is in the oven and I just made a batch of eggnog so we'll be off to the beach after lunch. That's as close to a white Christmas as it gets Down Under.
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Date: 12/24/2018 11:11:00 AM
Like most, when our kids were young we made a big deal out of it, now that they have grown it is simply a family get together with a big meal, no presents. It got to the point where the value of the gift was more important than the thought. For me it is a time of remembrance for those I loved and are no longer here. A rather sad day. Merry Christmas to you all!
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Date: 12/24/2018 7:13:00 AM
What a fun read, Keith. I find our processing of Christmas is an evolution. This year has been fabulous for me so far with my motto LESS IS MORE. All the best to you and yours this holiday season. Merry Christmas!
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Date: 12/24/2018 3:51:00 AM
Enjoyed your blog Keith, since October the shops have been full of Christmas merchandise and music playing, there was none of this when I was younger, its all profit, profit, profit and greed. I for one will celebrate it for its true meaning. The tinsel and turkey brigade can take a hike. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the coming new year. Tom.
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Date: 12/23/2018 10:50:00 PM
Thank you to all. I must confess I'm a bit of a Christmas tragic myself. We live in an increasingly secular and politically correct world it seems but as long as I live and beathe there will be no eroding of the Christmas narrative or compromise of its finest traditions.
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Date: 12/23/2018 9:51:00 PM
His Second Coming will be even more spectacular. Satan has already been defeated, but the world just hasn't gotten the message. Thank you so much for sharing your story with the people on Soup . It is so enlightening and the truth of it is there for people to see. Once again, I'd like to thank you for your strong belief in Christ, His life, His Resurrection, and His overall goodness. May God Bless you and your family as you celebrate our Savior's birth. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Date: 12/23/2018 9:44:00 PM
Keith, Christmas has always been, and still is, my favorite time of year. But my views and reasons have changed. I recently spoke at a Methodist Church, and taught at three treatment centers and delivered the same message at all. That message was that the last float in the annual Macy parade is Santa Claus, but he is not the reason for the season. However, the real reason for the season, Jesus Christ, is not mentioned in that parade. You are absolutely correct, and I stated the same fact, The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior is the greatest event in the history of the world, with the birth of Christ being the second even though we place more emphasis on His birth. (Continued)
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Date: 12/23/2018 7:41:00 PM
Wonderful write, Keith, I enjoyed it very much and wish you and yours the best ... I have had similar moments with my (adult) children, but when it comes down to it, we all adore the holiday, happy and sad, for it helps keep the important things in perspective. Thank you for sharing, my friend! :-)
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Date: 12/23/2018 3:39:00 PM
Sneaking back for more peeks in between doing some last minute Christmas stuff. Sure seems like not much is going on here. They must all be with family! Mine is far away (my sisters and parents). Craig is right. It's a great day to be with loved ones. It's the one day a year I might possibly also get to play Apples to Apples!!
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Date: 12/23/2018 9:43:00 AM
To me any excuse to be around all my favorite friends and family is a good one - especially one that has gifted so many special memories through all of life, even those years that could have gone much better were still lifted by the day. So for me, no matter what, I believe there must be something extra special about all of it. Merry Christmas to you Keith!
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Date: 12/23/2018 9:34:00 AM
I enjoyed your blog, Keith. The fact that your son cried during the Passion of Christ movie says it all, that he is learning by your example. My grandkids are teens now and only want cash or gift cards. I always looked forward to seeing them open my gifts. So for me, gift giving was a big part of the Xmas cheer and I feel like it's just not the same!
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