The Gift Exchange
It was the day after Christmas at a church in San Francisco. The pastor of the church was looking over the creche when he noticed that the Baby Jesus was missing from amont the figures. Immediately he turned and went outside and saw a little boy with a red wagon, and in the wagon was the figure of the little infant, Jesus. So he walked up to the boy and asked, "Well, where did you get Him, my fine friend?"
The little boy replied, "I got Him from the church."
"And why did you take Him?" asked the pastor.
The boy said, "Well, about a week before Christmas I prayed to the little Lord Jesus and I told Him if He would bring me a red wagon for Christmas Iwould give Him a ride around the block in it."
--The Pastor Story File, 12/88
The Day After Christmas
'Tis the day after Christmas, and out in the den
Daddy is watching pro football again.
The children are throwing
And breaking their toys,
And Mother is up to her ears in the noise.
The melting snow drips through a hole in the roof.
Boy, one of those reindeer sure had a sharp hoof.
Ribbons and wrappings are spread all around...
We hope, when they're cleared, our lost child will be found!
Santa long since disappeared in the fog.
The turkey is tasteless, the eggnog won't nog.
The holly and ivy, the tinsel and lights
No longer bring warm glows on cold, darkened nights.
Children who last week were helpful and sweet
Have mouths that are sassy and rooms less than neat.
Those people with faces that smiled forth like elves
Are now once again just their grouchy old selves.
Then carols of joy and hope filled the air,
But now they are muffled by hard rock's loud blare.
The cold winds, which now make Aunt Josephine freeze,
Were not even noticed on Yule shopping sprees.
Why is it each year we are let down so hard?
Is there something 'bout Christmas that we disregard?
The babe in the manger became a great man
Who died and then rose again...that was God's plan.
His birth and His death...
Banners god has unfurled
To make men aware
That He loves all the world.
If we know that Christ loves us
And always is near,
Then Christmas will come
Every day of the year.
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