If you don’t expect any rhymes (the two that occur are by happenstance), or consistent meter and verse structure, or impeccable usage (a couple of lines are slightly off), you’ll be better prepared to find meaning in the verses I strung together below. These verses are composed with the hope that, in today’s beleaguered world, we may look beyond the rampant over-commercialism and over-secularization we see everywhere this Christmas season, and find some joy and peace and love within our hearts and carry these genuine Christmas gifts—our true spiritual treasures—with us every day of the year.
As it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
And the landscape becomes a winter wonderland
Everywhere silver bells are chiming ding dong merrily on high
It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year.
But as people are headed home for the holidays
In hopes of spending a white Christmas with family and friends
When they deck the halls and prepare for jolly old Saint Nicholas,
Do they know it’s Christmas?
On the first noel, away in a manger
In the little town of Bethlehem
Unto us a child is born
Causing great joy to the world.
On that silent night
While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Glad tidings came upon a midnight clear –
Mary’s little boy child Jesus was born.
So, while Christmas time is here
And we know all too well that Santa Claus is coming to town
I’ll have a blue Christmas
If we don’t remember what child is this.
We can indeed be rockin’ around the Christmas tree
And celebrate the season with mistletoe and holly
But let’s listen carefully to hear the message proclaimed by the bells on Christmas day
So we can truly sing we now of Christmas
And remember that holy night in our hearts every day of the year.
I wish you a Merry Christmas. – John Roger Barrie