Dear Friends and Patriots,

 

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to You and Yours!  Enjoy!

 

Merry Christmas in America   

 

The clean crisp smell of Evergreen boughs in the air

Sprigs of holly, green leaves and red berries, everywhere

Pieces of mistletoe tied up with a bow over the door

Everyone so jolly as they tramp from store to store

 

A time to share gifts and love, a wonderful celebration

A time to be grateful for freedom and our bountiful Nation

And to remember, foremost this day, God’s gift to all men

His only begotten son, sent here, to pay for our sin

 

How merciful is He, to sacrifice, His only son’s life

That we on earth may be granted blessed eternal afterlife

Long ago near the end of December, on a cold winters night

Our Lord was born under watchful eyes and a guiding light

 

Just as mother Mary, father Joseph, the shepherds and wise men

Watched over the precious child, born that day to carry our sin

There are those, our nations defenders, under starlit wintry skies

On a cold vigil, ever watchful through the darkness, our fears to belie

 

No glow of soft candlelight as they watch with sharp eye

Or crackling fire with crimson sparks wafting to the sky

Courageous men and women all standing their ground

Stalwart for centuries, uncomplaining, uttering nary a sound

 

Guarding our freedom, over the seas and in lands far away

Standing silent vigil, some here at home, do also stay

Honor, Dignity, Courage and unselfish Sacrifice

Are just a few of the things we learned from Jesus Christ

 

Christ the Savior was born in Bethlehem and for good reason

We celebrate with love and joy this very special season

We follow His teachings that we may be better men

And are thankful for His sacrifice and forgiveness of our sin

 

Our Country, was founded, by men of Godly faith and foresight

A land of religious freedom where all men may pray by right

Where they can practice their peaceful religions without any fear

A land where Godliness, honor, character and courage are revered

 

A wondrous place where all of good intent have always been welcome

Where Christmas isn’t just for Christians; it is Christ’s birthday and then some

It is about what He stood for, His always open arms; His lessons of love for all

About Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward all men, be they great or small

 

It is a holy day for Christians just as other religions celebrate theirs openly

The Jews with Yom Kippur and Hanukah, Sikh and Hindu celebrate Diwali

The Moslems with Ramadan and Eid-al-Adha, all, celebration days to remember

Then Christmas comes just before New Year, spreading peace and joy, in late December

 

Some choose to make wishes of “Season’s Greetings” or “Happy Holidays”

Instead of wishing a very “Merry Christmas” for this most special of days

They are afraid of offending just who, I am afraid I know not

But their political correctness costs them, in stature, quite a lot

 

God gave a gift to Washington and our great Republic, the U.S. of A.

It was the Revolutionary war’s turning point, at Trenton, on Christmas Day

So happily light your candles, exchange gifts and drink your eggnog

Decorate your Christmas trees, roast a turkey and burn a Yuletide log

 

But remember, with a quickness of step and a twinkle in your eye

To always be grateful, to live in a free nation, where we understand why

Spreading the gifts of love, peace and joy in exchange for our sins is the reason

God chose to bless the world with, his beloved son, this most holy season.

 

Have A Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

 

Tom Whitmore

 Copyright 2010 Thomas J. Whitmore


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Comment by Lisa Mei Norton on December 25, 2010 at 10:17am

You are such a gifted poet, Tom...and you so beautfifully captured the things that are most important for us to remember today as we celebrate the birth of Our Savior and we keep our brothers and sisters serving around the world...away from their loved ones...in our hearts and in our prayers...

 

Thank you for sharing your wonderful gifts with us...we are blessed by your talents and friendship...

 

Merry Christmas to you and Sandy (and Annie!)...

With much love and admiration,

Lisa

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