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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Christmas (04/25/05)

TITLE: Christmas Gift
By Cheryl Johnson
05/01/05


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‘Twas the day after Christmas and all through the town
Credit card bills soared and spirits were down
Stockings were hung by the chimneys with care
In hopes the tooth fairy might drop money in there
To pay off the bills that were run up too high
It’s enough to make even Santa Claus cry
As we concentrate on buying all the right things
Not even considering the debt that it brings
Just so we can outdo one another-
Here’s a watch for Joe and diamond bracelet for Mother
We’re all so brainwashed and our thinking is such
That we mindlessly give to those who have much.
Half the time we don’t even like what we got
But we always say thank you and then smile a lot,
Knowing full well that the very next day
We’ll head to the mall to trade it away
For something that we’d prefer much more to own.
Anything’s better than that stinky cologne!
Never mind that it cost her an arm and a leg
She’s a sweetheart but clueless – that poor Auntie Meg!
Why not just dispense with the formalities
And cease and desist with the sausage and cheese?
Here’s an idea and a shocking new twist –
Let’s just buy ourselves what’s on *our* wish list
Just buy what you want, no more stress, no more worry,
No more rushing around to all the stores in a hurry
We could focus on what *really* matters instead,
Push out those distractions of bright green and red.
Like Mary, who praised God for what He had done,
We could take time to just treasure His Son,
To ponder His love and His gift to mankind,
For just once to sit down and give Jesus our time.
I think even though it’s not bought in a store
That the gift of our time would please God so much more


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donna robinson05/02/05
What a great read! Quick paced to that old tune and making me smile and saying yes "I've been guilty" or "glad I passed that test!" Just a thoughtful but fun read.
Michelle Sabrosky05/02/05
So true, how the focus has been taken away from the Lord, and palced on material things. I love the "tune" of your poem, and how it flows with the truth.