No Joy In Christmas?
NO JOY IN CHRISTMAS?
There is no joy in Christmas, cynics will say.
The stresses on the roads will spoil your day
The stresses in your wallet will even be worse
The trauma to your savings will tell the story
The pressure on your psyche will give you the jitters
You wonder where the joy really is as the day finally dawns
The joy is a ruse and the flavor soon evaporates
But there is joy in the air, even the blind can see
The chorus is sweet even the deaf can hear
There is joy in giving even the sadist will smile
The Noels are ringing, the nostalgia is great
The days of our childhood are brought closer to us
There is joy in remembering the days that we were young
There is joy in the realization that your friends do care
It is a time to remember that your brethren are near
Loved ones are remembered every day of the season
Old friends come to mind because Christmas is here
Religious differences become secondary as the good wishes spread
Appellation of “Holiday” removes nothing from “Christmas”
“Merry Christmas” is understood even as “Happy Holiday” is uttered
No season in human history is known to be merrier than Christmas
Even to a world that denies it, Christmas is the ultimate
It brings joy or business to saints and sinner alike
It gladdens the young and enlivens the old
None is left in the cold though the winter's cold may bite
Love it or hate it, Christmas is king.
From North Pole to South Pole Christmas is the season
Though the East fights the West or the West fights the East
“Pagan feast” or saintly carnival the season remains supreme
The cold may be biting but the hearts are warm
The opening of messages and well wishes brings joy that is true
The reading of similar messages is devoid of stress
The monotony may be elsewhere but never with Christmas
The unity that it brings can never be equaled
The warmth that is thus conveyed appears to shame the winter
Christmas is a season that no season can rival
There is great joy in Christmas even cynics appreciate.
(Author of "The Pagans' Medals")