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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Cards (11/06/08)

TITLE: Don’t Waste Those Christmas Cards


Don’t Waste Those Christmas Cards

We sing our Christmas carols
And pray our saintly prayers—
We decorate our Christmas trees
And share our Christmas cheer.

Yet we’re tempted to dispute,
A waste on Christmas cards—
Buy a ‘ten-for-a-dollar’ pack
And write some worthless words.

Do we ever take the time
To choose a better card?
Do we really want a Santa
Who drives a flying sleigh?

There’s something more to Christmas
Than dashing through the snow—
A message of the new born King,
Is what I want to see.

Scenes of Mary and her child
With shepherds kneeling near—
Angels in the realms of glory,
Announcing Jesus’ birth.

Do you see the Christmas star
Reflect against the sky?
These tiny specks of glitter dust
Bring gladness to my heart.

Treasures of the Savor’s birth
Displayed upon each card—
To decorate our mantle’s shelf
And hang in every room.

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
Three very special gifts—
Each to honor a new born King,
Born within a stable.

I want to share the joy I sense,
With every card like this—
Each one affirms our Father’s gift
And hope to all mankind.

So precious is our Savor’s birth,
We need to spread the news—
It’s time we Christians took a stand
And share Him with the world.

Take some time to choose a card
It’s really not that hard—
Perhaps you could design your own,
But make it from your heart.

Come; let’s rejoice in His birth,
Spread the news, Christ is born—
Choose a card that declares the truth;
Don’t waste those Christmas cards.

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Mary Alice Bowles11/15/08
There is great truth in this poem. I agree with you!
Helen Dowd11/15/08
I agree with you wholeheartedly, Author of this entry. I strongly dislike cards with Santa and sleighs, or other useless messages. A Christmas card, when sent, should bear a strong message of the true meaning of Christmas; otherwise it is just a waste of postage and a lost opportunity, not to mention a total waste of time...God bless you...Helen
Angela M. Baker-Bridge11/15/08
We're of one mind and accord. I've often been disappointed by some of the cards I've received from believers. Blessings,
Gregory Kane11/18/08
Er, is it okay to disagree with the above?

Great poem, well structured, with a positive message. But I find most Christmas cards with traditional manger scenes just as tame and boring as those with pictures of children playing in the snow. Moreover such cards are dime a dozen - in both senses. Humorous cards tend to cost more yet produce a definite reaction - they say to the recipient that the sender values them enough to send a card that raises a smile.
I think that what's much more important is what you write inside the card.
Tammy Johnson11/18/08
Two favorite lines: "I want to share the joy I sense, with every card like this -" and "Choose a card that declares the truth;".

First of all, THANK YOU for not saying THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!! I know it is a good, catchy phrase, but it is sooooooo over done! Bravo to you on stating the same concept with flair and freshness.

Second, as a bah-humbug, I needed to be reminded of the joy that I should have at this time of remembering the incredible incarnation (even if Jesus wasn't really born this time of year at all and I'm dead tired and hopelessly broke). It is about my heart and my relationships. I can and should still have joy and not spoil others' joy.
Celeste Ammirata11/18/08
This sounds like something I could have written (Had I a talent for writing poems.) I love getting cards of all kinds, but I take time to choose a card that touches my heart with the true meaning of Christmas. Great job!
Marlene Austin11/19/08
Well spoken, well written. Good job. :)
Catrina Bradley 11/19/08
An awesome message. Last year I had to ask a store clerk for help finding a box of Christmas cards with Jesus instead of Santa. It made her smile, and together we found ONE box amidst the Santas.
Loren T. Lowery11/19/08
Loved this and its message. Trying to put Christ back in Christmas has been a struggle for years, but maybe this year, with the economical turmoil people will see the real reason for the season. Great job!
Marijo Phelps11/19/08
Although the phrase "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" has become a bit overused it is something we need to process and your poem does well to point this out...
Carole Robishaw 11/19/08
I really agree with the sentiments in your verse, I have been so disillusioned with cards that it has been a few years since I've even bothered with them, but yet I really enjoy receiving them. I guess I need to do something about that. Thanks for the nudge.
Pamela Kliewer11/19/08
You really gave something to think about. Thanks!
Edy T Johnson 03/23/09
Hi Chrissy,
Well done, friend. The Christmas season is a golden opportunity to proclaim the glad tidings "which shall be to all people...a Savior!"

Thank you, too, for finding my recent short story and taking time to leave a comment. It is much appreciated!