We had our church communities main christmas celebration last sunday, being the 4th sunday of Advent.
I loved this poem 'mashed' up by my wife, that was used as a reading (and not just because she is my wife).
I'm always a little ambivalent about Christmas as the secular debt fuelled affair that is has become. This poem helped me smile and re-connect to something other than my inner Grinch.
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
T’was the night before Christmas, And all through the town
Not a sign of baby Jesus, Was anywhere to be found
The people were all busy, With Christmas time chores
Like decorating, and baking, And shopping in stores.
No-one sang “Away in a manger, No crib for a bed”
Instead, they sang of Santa, dressed up in bright red
Mummy watched Delia, Dad sat with beer on his lap
As hour upon hour, The presents they’d wrap
When what on the TV, Did they suddenly glance?
‘Cept an ad ..which told, of a big sale in Marks!
So away to the shops, They all flew like a flash
Buying some things on credit, And others with cash!
And, as they made their way home, From their trip to the stores
Did they think about Jesus?, Oh, no…not at all.
Their lives were so busy, With their Christmas time things
No time to remember, Christ Jesus the King.
There were presents to wrap, And biscuits to bake.
How could they stop and remember, Who died for their sake?
To pray to the Saviour, They had no time to stop
Because they needed more time, To “Shop til they dropped!”
On Tesco! On Asda!, On Topshop! On Next!
On Primark! On ‘Smiths!, A quick lunch at Gregs
From the big stores in London, To the stores in the town
They would dash away, dash away, And do all the rounds!
And up on the roof, There arose such a clatter
As granddad hung icicle lights, Up on his new ladder.
He hung lights that would flash, He hung lights that would twirl.
Yet, he never once prayed to Jesus…, Light of the WORLD.
Christ’s eyes…how they twinkle!
Christ’s Spirit…..how merry!, Christ’s love… how enormous!
All our burdens…he’ll carry!, So instead of being busy
Stressed- out, and uptight, Let’s put Christ back in Christmas
And enjoy some good nights!