A Real Christmas
I'm pleased to hear people say "Happy Hanukkah",
Or the Islamic people pray, "Al Fatiha",
To observe Vesak, the birthday of Buddha,
To witness the sacred customs of India,
To see Japanese people praise their 'Kami-sama',
No one's expression of faith should be shunned, ever.
If we really are truly multicultural,
And allow other peoples, one and all,
To celebrate their various customs,
Then why do some people throw tantrums,
And protest the saying of "Merry Christmas"?
And insist on "Happy Holidays" - it's senseless!
The spirit of Christmas is love and 'giving',
Celebrating Christ and 'selfless living',
For honoring the birth of blessed Jesus,
Helping the sick, the poor and jobless,
Why is it wrong to say, "Happy Christmas"?
It's a day for showing human kindness.
And if society celebrated Christmas,
In the spirit of Jesus and/or St Nicholas,
Then the homeless that day would eat for free,
And stay in a hotel without a fee,
And children would be given gifts, one for
themselves, and one to give to the needy.
Instead we gorge and ignore those in trouble,
And the restaurants, well ... they charge double!
Children complain about 'too few' presents,
Christ is forgotten amidst this nonsense,
In fact it's almost taboo to mention His name,
Lest we offend others; we should be ashamed.
People forget what 'Santa' was celebrating,
When he gave food to orphans who were starving,
As the Bishop of Myra in the third century,
Giving gifts and clothes to those without family,
He was honoring the birth of Jesus Christ,
Presenting handmade gifts, which were not priced.
To remember 'Santa Claus', or Saint Nicholas,
But not why he really celebrated Christmas,
Is to remember fireworks on 4th July,
But not Independence, for which many did die,
A real Christmas is about love and kindness,
And so I wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Copyright ⓒ Chris Ryall 2012