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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Reason for the Season of Christmas (12/04/08)

TITLE: Celebrate!
By Deborah Engle
12/09/08


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Trim the tree, adorn the house,
Wrap gifts, send cards, prepare a feast;
Special programs, parties, too,
Demands galore that just won’t cease.

Hindered by the boisterous crowds,
Assailed by ever mounting costs,
Pressured by the hectic pace,
Baffled by the list that’s lost.

A once a year season of festivities,
Observing the birth of our most precious King,
Too often transformed into weeks of distress,
A marathon race to accomplish each thing.

Frustration and weariness clamor within,
“Enough! Don’t get caught up like this anymore!”
But down in the depths of a heart that’s been changed,
Traditions of Christmas are worth every chore.

Christmas concerts, carols, too,
Proclaim the wondrous news abroad
As angels, gladsome tidings told
Mere shepherds, filling them with awe.

Presents wrapped so perfectly
Remind of sovereign, holy God,
Swaddled closely in the hay,
Prepared, e’en then, harsh roads to trod.

Nativity sets placed center stage
To capture every heart and mind,
How humble birth of low disdain
Brought cherished hope for all mankind.

Now evergreens come in the house,
Fragrant and green throughout the year.
They bring to mind eternal life,
Most gracious gift to hold so dear.

Atop the tree a hallmark sure,
The star above, so bold and bright,
To show the way our lives should go,
A picture of our Guiding Light.

A feast upon the table laid,
Family and good friends around,
Portends a marriage supper where
The glory of the Lamb abounds.

Familiar customs have their place
As instruments for reaching hearts,
Symbolizing Bible truths,
Compelling some to brand new starts.

So celebrate, rejoice anew,
The love of God, so sweetly told.
Embrace the strain, that all may know
The timeless truth worth more than gold.


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Lynda Schultz 12/11/08
I like how you took the elements of the Christmas season and redirected them towards what the season is all about.
Joanne Sher 12/12/08
Lovely images and wonderful descriptions, and what a great message.
Karlene Jacobsen 12/12/08
Beautiful message, and awesome descriptions.
Teresa Lee Rainey12/16/08
Very cute - and I like the way you turn everything toward the reason for the season. :)
Carole Robishaw 12/16/08
Good job of going from the stressed out frustrating events we surround and bury the season in to the reason we still celebrate it.
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/16/08
I liked how you managed a message in most of the verses. Your last stanza is really good--would be very fitting as a verse on a Christmas card.
Betty Castleberry12/16/08
I could feel the frustration in the is first part of this poem. Very nice way to convey the real message of Christmas.
Pamela Kliewer12/16/08
Wonderful.
Lyn Churchyard12/17/08
You covered all the frustrations surrounding the build up to Christmas perfectly. Demands galore that just won’t cease.Yes, that's exactly what it seems like sometimes and robs us of the joy we should be experiencing. Then you turn it around in the second half and give us the reason for the season. Thanks Deborah.

Sharon Kane12/17/08
A nice read. You pack a lot of rich imagery into few words which is (in my view) what poetry is all about. The message is not lost either as you contrast the worldly rush with the Christ-centred joy.
If I read your hint properly, you asked for red ink so these are my observations: I stumbled on the 3rd (or maybe 4th) stanza, where your meter shifted into significantly longer lines. There were also one or two words that seemed to have been forced in because they rhymed even though they weren't quite the right word. ('Trod' being the one that springs to mind.)
Overall I felt it was a good poem. I look forward to reading some more!
Jan Ackerson 12/17/08
This precisely expresses what many of us feel at Christmas!

I found the meter a little bit inconsistent in places.

Your last two lines are absolutely perfect.