Remember reason for Christmas

Last year I received this in a Christmas card from a friend.

Since the commercial Christmas season began this year before Halloween, maybe people should remember what Christmas is all about! Thought I would share this with everyone.

The Stranger

There was a man at Christmas time who looked so out of place.

As people rushed about him at a hurried sort of pace.

He stared at all the Christmas lights, the tinsel everywhere.

The shopping center, Santa Claus with children gathered near.

The music from a stereo was playing loud and clear,

Of Santa Claus and snowmen and funny-nosed reindeer.

He heard the people talk about the good times on the way;

Of parties, fun and food galore and gifts exchanged that day.

"I'd like to know what's going on," the man was heard to say.

"There seems to be some sort of celebration on the way.

And would you tell me who this is all dressed in red and white?

And why are children asking him about a special night?"

The answer came in disbelief. "I can't believe my ears!

I can't believe you don't know that Christmas time is here.

The time when Santa comes around with gifts for girls and boys;

When they're asleep on Christmas Eve, he leaves them books and toys.

The man you see in red and white is Santa Claus so sly;

The children love his joyful laugh and the twinkle in his eye.

They learn to love this jolly man while they are still quite small.

When Christmas comes he is the most important one of all."

The stranger hung his head in shame. He looked at nail-pierced hands.

His body shook in deepest grief. 'Twas not as he had planned.

A shadow crossed his stricken face; His voice was low, but clear.

"After all these years, they still don't know!" And Jesus shed a tear.


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