C H R I S T M A S ~ P R E S E N C E ?

The London shops on Christmas Eve
Are strung with silver bells and flowers
And Harrod's stores with shoppers heave
It's Christmas in few short hours
And bunting in the Shopping Mall
Says "MERRY CHRISTMAS" to you all !

And girls in minis think of DAD
And loutish lads remember MUM
And sleepless children's hearts are glad
And Christmas Morning bells say come
O come all ye faithful - come and worship
Come and worship - worship Christ the King.

And is it true ~ And is it true ?
The most tremendous truth of all
Seen in a stained glass windows hue
A baby in an oxen stall
Creator of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me !

And is it true ~ for if it is
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissues fripperies
Those sweet and silly Christmas things
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant !

No love that in a family dwells
Sweet carols in the frosty air
Nor all the steeple shaking bells
can with this awesome truth compare
That GOD was man in PALESTINE
And lives today in BREAD & WINE. 

Thanx for visiting please comment It's difficult at CHRISTMAS
to get the right balance of the  SECULAR  and the  SPIRITUAL.
I love buying PRESENTS for everyone at Christmas - BUT also
I love the PRESENCE of CHRIST at Christmas Midnight Mass.


Acknowledgements to JOHN BETJEMAN on whose poem
 CHRISTMAS  this poem is largely based.

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2 Responses Dec 4, 2012

Silk Knickers are always a lovely gift if the size is correct.

Nice poem