Wednesday, December 21, 2011

With Thanks to Mr. Clement

'Twas four days until Christmas, and all were asleep,
Except for dear Mama, who tried not to peep.

She crept through the halls, finding boxes just the right shape,
Paper, ribbon, and scissors-- and WHERE IS THAT TAPE?

Awake well past midnight three nights in a row,
She smiled as she tied the very last bow.

"Now Christmas can come," she said with a quick impish grin.
"I've finished preparing and shopping--Let the fun trickle in!"

She fell to her knees right next to her bed 
(the very last thing before matching pillow to head)--

"Dear Lord up above, please help me remember and keep close to my heart 
Not the presents and trinkets and fresh apple tart,

"Remind me to read them the story divine--
You know which one--a mother and father and the Baby of Thine.

"Remind me to teach them because of Him not a small sheep has been lost,
And we all have been saved at such a high cost."

"Amen," whispered Mama as she crawled into bed,
But as visions of sugar plums swirled round in her head,

She quickly and quietly uttered to no one around,
"Merry Christmas to all, may His Spirit abound."

In all of the excitement and fun of these last few days, may you remember the true meaning of this beautiful season.

Merry Christmas


  1. Jen, this is perfect. Every year we watch The Nativity. I think tonight is the night. Even if I don't have "any" of my gifts wrapped. A beautiful poem.

  2. Very cute!
    I love it.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

  3. What a beautiful little poem. I try to do all of my Christmas shopping and wrapping early so that I can enjoy the real reason for this season. I've been so excited this year as I've seen my kids get more excited about the baby Jesus in the nativity set than about their presents. It's a great time of year!

  4. Jen, this was beautiful! A simple reminder it is not about the presents, but His presence.

  5. that's beautiful Jen...something to always keep in mind.

  6. i LOVED this!!! i wish i didn't only feel like sitting on the couch once everyone was asleep. that way i could have my wrapping done and not have to do it all on christmas eve night at 11pm. i really loved the message of your poem. very beautiful.

  7. Well said, dear friend!!

    I haven't even thought of wrapping yet. . .tonight is the big night for me!

    If I don't comment before Sunday, have a very merry Christmas! dear friend!

  8. That was lovely!
    I've shopped, put on the 'out of office' message on my computer and a cheery 'I'm away' message on the phone. Yippee!

  9. so clever and well said, jen ... I love it!! I've been loving this homestretch period I'm in - such fun to see the light at the end of the tunnel - tomorrow I finish with the wrapping and the baking begins ... wahoooo! wishing you and your family the merriest of holidays :)

  10. hahaha! i LOVE this! this makes the SECOND original Christmas poem i've read today (second after Tauna's). ::hugs::

  11. Very good! I've been a bad blogger but have checked in on you to see you've been a busy girl. Best Christmas wishes and love to you and your lovely family! Bet'cha can't wait to talk to Tucker in a few days, huh?

  12. Cute, cute, cute!

    And Merry Christmas!