| Christmas 1994
|It is Christmas time once again, gone by yet another year,
So gather around my dear ones, so that everyone may hear;
Settle down and listen up, so I may give you my reason,
For telling you this little tale, about this precious season.
|My story is an old one, passed on from parents to their young,
It's been told the whole world over, and heard in most every tongue;
About a miracle that happened, in a far away land,
I relay it now in our language, so you may understand.
|Almost two thousand years ago, a census had been declared,
Each must go to his birthplace, where taxation would be prepared;
So Joseph, with his espoused Mary, went as it was decreed,
To the City of David, the home of his family's seed.
| And Mary was great with child, during this perilous ride,
But little did they worry, for God had placed the babe inside;
As was foretold by the prophets, from a virgin comes the birth,
Of the blessed Word of God made flesh, to walk upon the Earth.
|The government shall be upon him, his power will increase,
He shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, and the Prince of Peace;
Yet born out in a stable, for there was no room at the inn,
For one as great as He, a very humble life to begin.
| And out in the fields the shepherds, kept watch of their flocks by night,
When the Lord's angel appeared, God's glory shone round them so bright;
And the angel told them, "Fear not, I bring you tidings of joy,
Unto you is born this day, in Bethlehem a baby boy.
|"And this shall be a sign, according to the old teachings' claim,
He will be wrapped in swaddling clothes, and Jesus shall be His name;
He can be found lying in a manger, on this very night,
While wisemen from the Far East come, following His star so bright.
|"A Savior, which is Christ the Lord, for all people has been sent,
King of kings, and Lord of lords, set by God's righteous appointment;
Suddenly with the angel, heavenly multitudes gave praise,
Glory to God in the highest, good will toward men for all days."
| Now I have told you my story, as my father did for me,
My prayer is you will keep this tradition, of our family;
And tell it each year to your children, so they can also see,
Christmas is about Jesus Christ, not just what's under the tree.
© December 24, 1994 (revised 3/1995)