It was Christmas time at the Michaels,
But their house was filled with gloom.
They had no joy or peace to share
In the quiet living room.
She knew she should apologize
For the angry words she’d said.
Still she tiptoed past the elephant
And watched TV instead.
Pretending to read the paper,
He sat in his usual chair.
He ignored the giant elephant
As if it weren’t there.
For his words, too, had been unkind
In the quarrel that they’d had.
Remembering their argument
Made both of them feel sad.
It was such a little matter
To have had a fuss about—
Not worth the cruel remarks they’d made
Or even a childish pout.
They’d differed on the kind of lights
To decorate the tree.
He’d wanted varied colored ones,
But she would not agree.
Her eyes lit on the mantel crèche,
And his eyes did the same.
It was in that very instant
That both were filled with shame.
“We’ve missed the meaning of Christmas, Dear,”
She heard him softly say.
Then they kissed with sweet forgiveness
While the elephant slipped away.
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