Tuesday, December 24, 2013

"True Christmas Spirit" by Rev. Joseph C. Booth (1919)

The True Christmas Spirit.


A Happy Christmas to my many friends

And all who read these Yuletide sonnet rhymes!

May every heart ring out the gladsome chimes,

As 'round the festive board you meet, that bends

With Nature's gifts, Jehovah comprehends

Man's varied needs, and in His hands our times

Are held: His gifts of grace to distant climes

Are spread—to all mankind His love extends.

Let hearts of love respond to Love Divine!

Yield not to customs of barbaric birth;

In Christian service with your Lord combine

And scatter Christmas tidings o'er the earth:

Instead of Santa Claus, let Jesus reign—

Let no usurper challenge His domain!

        Waterford, N.Y.

Troy Times. December 24, 1919

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