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Christmas Past and Christmas Present: A poem about how Christmas has seemed to change
Posted by lostcerebellum, Dec 1, 2008. 2227 views. ID = 2065

Christmas Past and Christmas Present

Posted by lostcerebellum, Dec 1, 2008. 2227 views. ID = 2065
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I wrote this after hearing about the Wal-Mart worker who was trampled to death on the day after Thanksgiving by a frenzied crowd of shoppers in Valley Stream, New York.

In my lifetime it seems like our society has gone from having almost nothing, and appreciating everything, to having almost everything, and appreciating nothing.
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This post is Part 1 of a writing series titled Christmas.

The Christmases of long ago
Felt peaceful, like the falling snow.

It seemed that love grew far and near
And acts of kindness spread good cheer,

With “Merry Christmas!” yelled aloud
To strangers in a bustling crowd.

The air outside was always cool
But warmth somehow still seemed to rule.

I want to ask, “Where did they go,
Those Christmases of long ago?”


Today the heat comes from debate
Of separating church and state,

The atmosphere so charged with hate
That people fear to celebrate.

Why has the season altered so?
In truth, I think I really know.

The focus shifted from the Son
And self became our number one.

So now, instead of peace and love,
We have a world of push and shove,


And people die beneath the heels
Of maddened throngs intent on deals.

Oh, how I miss those days so dear,
The Christmases of yesteryear.


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This post has been awarded 51 stars by 13 readers.
This post is Part 1 of a writing series titled Christmas. The next part of this series can be found here: It Soon Will Be Christmas.

Comments


WOW
Dec 1, 2008
I absolutely love this poem and your introduction. This was one of the saddest events I have heard about recently. It says so much about where we are as a country. Could I have permission to use the quote about 'having everything and appreciating nothing' for my church bulletin? Actually, I'd like to use the whole poem, but probably that wouldn't be fair.
   ~Posted by WOW, Dec 1, 2008

Douglas
Dec 1, 2008
welcome back, lostcerebellum - it's nice to see you on here again!
   ~Posted by Douglas, Dec 1, 2008



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