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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Reason for the Season of Christmas (12/04/08)

TITLE: Christmas Analysis
By Deborah Caruso


Merry Christmas is what we say
At this most wonderful time of the year
Tis the season to be jolly
To spread good will and cheer
We sing our merry songs here and there
And attend countless festive fairs

And in this merry mix, appears a jolly soul
He pops up every where we go
An unlikely celebrity, this round one
Unlikely to the heavenly host,
Unlikely to the Father and Son
Unlikely to the Holy Ghost

So how did such a one as this
Receive such praise from all our lips
As we say to each our babes
That this Santa is the only way
And that they must believe and have faith
So they’ll receive all their gifts on Christmas day

And we help them believe in his magical sack
And we tell them it holds inside what they’d asked
And that he knows if they’d been naughty or nice
So after eating cookies on Christmas Eve night
Santa will place their gifts under the tree just right
And in a flash fly back out into the night

So with open hearts they embrace
And start counting off the days
When they will hear those reindeer hooves
Shuffling busily upon their roofs
And from practically every earthly place
‘Are you a believer’, is now the catch phrase

No matter how it came about, this tale
That’s been passed to children without fail
That Santa sees them all year long
This should be scary, and sound all wrong
But it seems the entire world is caught up in the spirit
Of this red suit gift giver

So how is it easier to spread news as this
Then to speak of the gospel’s blessedness
And how has most of the world embraced
This rolly polly elf with a rosy face
Why is it not as easy to speak of Jesus
Of His great love and amazing grace

What is my aim, my rhyme and reason
To say that Santa’s not the reason for the season
It’s not to be cold or to stifle all the fun
It’s not to take toys from all of our little ones
It’s to make a statement, simply to speak out
What Christmas time should really be about

Since we can, without pause
Tell our children of Santa Claus
Shouldn’t we certainly be as quick
To tell them of Jesus before St Nick
Shouldn’t we tell them of Him while their young
Before they hear of this Santa Clause one

So let us tell them about Jesus first
That at Christmas, we should celebrate His birth
And tell them that He is the One
That sees them; hears their prayers, each and every one
And it is in Him they should put their trust
And they should believe on Him with all their hearts, first

Now I must confess and have to admit,
That it’s easy now to speak out about it
My sons are now all grown
And have long discovered all on their own
That this Santa they loved, was just holiday fun
But what about grandchildren that are to come

What kind of grandmother would I be
If I were to say to these, there is no Santa
What would the world think of me
But there is a greater question for you and me
What kind of parents and grandparents would we be
If we neglect to tell our babes first about their Savior

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Judith Gayle Smith12/11/08
Well done! I enjoyed this - thank you for echoing my thoughts...
Randy Foncree12/12/08
Great thoughts and very truthful. We should never teach our children to have more faith or belief in Santa, than Jesus. I had a tad bit of difficulty following the rhythmic flow of this piece...Randy Gene
Peter Stone12/15/08
You've made a lot of good points there, one which many a parent should bear in mind. In fact, I told my children from the word go that Jesus is real, and Santa is a fairy tale. They've always known that the presents come from parents who love them, not from a mythical person because they've been 'good.'