Times now past and the season is here
soon will be time for the holiday cheer
Hallow’s for monsters and Thanks for the feast
but Christmas makes the holidays sweet.
Coming together as we all do
to clean out the pain and pebbles in shoes
to rebuild with hope and dump out the grief
the choice is yours and what you believe.
I speak not the Gospel or scriptures today
but listen you to the words that I say
better watch out better not cry
better not pout I’m telling you why
We sing the songs of Christmas past
but why oh why don’t we make it last
years move quickly then they are gone
all grown up and then moving on.
No time to waste on arguments today
sip some Nog, suck on a cane
children sit, watching the tree
like hungry sharks, ready to feed.
Boys and their toys little to big
girls and their dolls pretty and pink
times are different and awkward today
toy guns and Barbie’s don’t come into play.
Cash and computers now rule the lists
I never thought Santa made microchips
he didn’t in my day or in the days before
now it’s no fun, Christmas, is WAR.
“Give me that or I’ll blacken your eye!”
one mother to another in a toy store line
I fear the future our sights our lost
hearts become cold in winters frost.
The Grinch found it, and Charlie Brown knew it
peace hope and love is the only way to it
the pies and cookies and company galore
that is Christmas, now that I adore.
Pluck it from the air, put it in your pocket
keep it near your heart held warm in a locket
why cower and return to the old daily grind
stand up, walk tall, share hearts and minds.
For those that sleep on this night of dreams
remember the spirit and powers that be
tonight they are here and answer at will
they slip down your chimney while you lie still.
Whether fat man or priest, angel or saint
you best believe the kids cannot wait
on just one night true magic still lives
in the hearts and minds of all ages of kids.
So go now my charges and rush straight to sleep
sugar plums don’t dance to kids on their feet
and last a Ho-Ho-Ho chant and to all a good-bye,
“Happy Christmas to all and to all a Good-night.”