Every year when Christmas approaches I select Christmas cards to send to my friends and loved ones. I take time to select cards I like, but when I come to write in them I always feel that my message is inadequate, my writing scrappy, and I’ve generally made a mess of it and ruined my good intentions.
However, if I’m spared, I might find it easier next year to express my thoughts better. You see, this year, when the Christmas card from Jim and Anne arrived, I found that Anne had enclosed a poem called The Christmas Book. I found it inspirational.
By the way, Jim and I have been friends since the day we both started at Mt Gambier Infant School in 1943. And I was there the night that Jim met Anne at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Adelaide. I suspect it was love at first sight. They’ve now been married for over 50 years, God bless them.
I had hoped to include here the poem that Anne enclosed with their Christmas card. But I’m not a good enough typist to copy-type the poem. So I did a Google search for it, and found a number of variations of the poem, none of them the same as the one Anne sent. A basic variation was that the poem from Anne used “we”, meaning her and Jim, whereas the variations I found on the web used “I”, which is more appropriate for single people such as myself.
The following is one of the variations of the poem that I found on the web, with a few changes of my own based on the poem from Anne.
A Christmas Poem
I have a list of folks I know, all written in a book
And every year when Christmas comes, I go and take a look,
And that is when I realize that these names are all a part,
Not of the book they’re written in, but really of my heart.
For each name stands for someone who has touched my life sometime,
And in the meeting they’ve become the rhythm in each rhyme
And while it sounds fantastic for me to make this claim,
My life is so much better than it was before you came.
And while you may not be aware of any special link
Just meeting you has changed my life a lot more than you think
For once I’ve met somebody, the years cannot erase
The memory of a pleasant word or of a friendly face.
So never think my Christmas cards are just a mere routine
Of names upon a Christmas list, forgotten in between,
For when I send a Christmas card that is addressed to you,
It is because you’re on the list that I’m indebted to.
For I am but a total of the many folks I’ve met,
And you happen to be one of those I prefer not to forget
And whether I have known you for many years or few,
In some ways you have a part in shaping things I do.
And every year when Christmas comes, I realize anew,
The best gifts life can offer is knowing folks like you.
And may the spirit of Christmas that forever endures
Leave its richest blessings in the hearts of you and yours.
Merry Christmas to all my friends and visitors to this site !!
Wishing you the best Christmas ever with joyfulness and happiness in 2012 !!