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'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas
and all  through the town
Not a sign of Baby Jesus
was anywhere  to be found.

The people  were all busy
with Christmas time chores
Like  decorating, and baking,
and shopping in stores.

No one sang  "Away in a manger,
no crib for a bed".
Instead,   they sang of Santa
dressed-up in bright red.

Mama watched  Martha Stewart,
Papa drank beer from a tap.
As hour upon  hour
the presents they'd wrap

When what from the  TV.
did they suddenly hear?
'Cept an ad.. which  told
of a big sale at Sears.

So away to the  mall
they all flew like a flash...
Buying things on  credit...
and others with cash!

And, as they made  their way home
From their trip to the mall,
Did they  think about Jesus?
Oh, no... not at all.

Their lives  were so busy
with their Christmas time things
No time to  remember
Christ Jesus, the King.

There were presents  to wrap
and cookies to bake.
How could they stop and  remember
who died for their sake?

To pray to the  Savior...
they had no time to stop
Because they needed  more time
to "Shop til they dropped!"

On Wal-mart!  On K-mart!
On Target! On Penney's!
On Hallmark! On  Zales!
A quick lunch at Denny's

From the big stores  downtown
to the stores at the mall
They would dash away,  dash away,
and visit them all!

And up on the  roof,
there arose such a clatter
As grandpa hung icicle  lights
up on his brand new step ladder.

He hung  lights that would flash.
He hung lights that would  twirl.
Yet, he never once prayed to Jesus...
Light of  the World.

Christ's eyes... how they  twinkle!
Christ's Spirit... how merry!
Christ's love...  how enormous!
All our burdens... He'll carry!

So  instead of being busy,
overworked, and uptight
Let's put  Christ back in
Christmas and enjoy
some good  nights!

Merry Christmas to  you.