**** It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year ****
A Christmas evergreen, magical scents.
The shy glow of a tiny, twinkling light.
Shoppers rush home with piles of presents.
Ice skating, laughter, eyes bright.
Bubbly champagne and the festive POP! of a cork.
Shiny gift wrapping and buttery ribbon, tied just right.
Ovens wafting warm sugar and spice.
Fires crackling, chestnuts roasting, wine mulling, carols lulling, family and friends,
dreams of Christmas all white.
Children’s laughter, tinkling bells, elves, a letter and cookies for Saint Nick.
Sequined dresses, bright red lipstick, starry sight.
Mistletoe and garlands, pink tinsel and holly, all things jolly.
Flurries of snow, three kings in a row.
Snowmen and nutcrackers, sugar plum fairies alight.
Away in a manger, a baby is born, oh, holy night.
The holiday season brims with joy and delight, but in the whirlwind of busy days and harried shopping, we neglect to pause and reflect on how lucky we are to have so very, very much.
This year, take a breath and count your blessings. Next, take a look at those around you—should you notice a frown, a shiver, gaunt cheeks, a hollow heart, give a gift, a hug, a laugh, a donation.
It may sound like fabrication, but it’s true: ‘tis better to give than to receive.
Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays.
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