I know that I am not alone
when I think how times have changed
and not so many years ago
Christmas had a different tone
First and foremost it was a time
to celebrate an important birth
when Jesus came into the world
not knowing of problems here on earth.
His role as yet unknown to him
was to save the spirit of mankind
to save our souls and forgive our sins
and help us lead a better life.
Over the years long since that time
more than 2000 years ago
man still celebrates the birth
but now it is a different show.
The simple task of giving thanks
for God‘s only begotten Son
has now almost been replaced
with material things that are the one.
Christmas now is not the same
and has turned into a game
of who gives or who gets the most
so that they to their friends can boast.
The winners of this awful mess
are the retailers who own the stores
as more and more they want you to spend
and into debt to go once more.
It will take a year to pay it off
just in time for Christmas due
and then with plastic hot in hand
back to the stores to start anew.
The simple Christmas of long ago
has long since been outgrown
and lasts at least a month or more
with all the trips to the stores.
The sad truth is that so many gifts
are useful for only a very short time
and then if you are a little kid
the cardboard boxes can provide more joy.
The bottom line of this story is
that we all need to remember in time
that Christmas is not about gifts and things
but of your neighbor who may not be so fine
Or maybe that homeless guy down the street
the one you see every day
he could probably use your help
to get him better on his way
Someone who wants or could really use
a helping hand in time of need
and one less gift to a family or friend
could be the answer for them indeed.
So when you next go to the store
for the umpteenth time with gifts galore
ask yourself, “Do I really need
to buy yet another gift, or is it greed”.
I am not a stupid man
nor unintelligent in my thinking too
I know that life moves on
and with it goes the things we knew
Which includes memories of Christmas past
when life was at a different pace
and time moved slower than it does today
and money for gifts was too scarce to waste.
Come Christmas Day the kids on the block
will not be looking in their socks
they will be playing with electronic toys
showing their Dad’s how to make things fly.
As some of the Dad’s will not have a clue
as the kids are in front in what they do
and electronic gadgets are ahead of the game
and life will never be the same.
Do I want to go back to the “Good old days”
maybe I do in so many ways
I would like life to be slower and not move so fast
it’s as though every day is the last.
But I like computers and cell phones and such
and we could not be in this age we are in
without time moving on at such a fast clip
even though Christmas of old is a blip
On the radar of life as it passes by
2000 years ago, a star in the sky
signalled the start of a celestial age
and Jesus was born with a Star on his page.