This is a re-print from December 2012. I thought it especially appropriate, given the facts that stores advertised Christmas sales during Thanksgiving. Thank you, dear readers for indulging me.
‘Twas The Day After Christmas
T’was the day after Christmas (at least at my house)
Our bellies still full of cookies and grouse;
The stockings, now empty, were thrown on the floor,
With a half-eaten candy cane stuck to the door.
Some children, still sleeping, at this stroke of one
While others went shopping, hitting sales on the run.
Yes, up before 7–it’s shopping they went
Seeking bargains. YES! Up to fifty percent!
There’s gift wrap and ribbon, tags and all kinds of doo-dads,
The ‘not-chosen’ gifts that did not make this year’s fads.
“I’ll stock up for next year! Yes, that’s what I’ll get!”
I said as I stacked my cart full at Target.
“My shopping will be done, I won’t have to scurry
Or go to the mall in that mad, insane flurry.
Yes! I can be finished! In June if I’m lucky!
And all will envy me!” (Won’t THAT be just ducky?)
But then I paused, my face froze in mid-grin;
Had Christmas become just a battle to win?
Something to be conquered; a contest? a goal?
A competition for biggest and brightest of all?
And what about Jesus? What would He say
About the way we act around His birthday?
Yes, we remember Him before that big day
But after–how quickly we all turn away.
“Thank goodness it’s over!” “We’ve put on quite a show!”
Then we all hunker down and wait for the snow.
The rat race continues, empty faces return,
Folks with no hope, no Jesus still haven’t learned
To seek His face daily, yes, each day of the year.
Just ask Him in and He will draw near.
We need to live it like we believe
And not only show it on Christmas Eve.