I believe in Christmas hearts,
in the passion of Christmas dreams.
I believe in the full measure of
what Christmas really means.
I believe the best giving
comes from sacrifice,
like that of a soldier posted in a desolate land
or the burden that is carried by a soldier’s husband or wife.
I believe in remembering those who have gone before,
the ones who determined to do without
in order that we have more.
I believe in feeding the hungry
and spreading Christmas hope.
I believe peppermint
should be the official Christmas soap.
I believe Christmas breakfast
should include little egg cups
wrapped with slices of ham.
I believe in Christmas muffins
with a spread of Christmas jam.
I believe in Christmas cats
who, too early, take down the Christmas tree,
just because an ornament was calling,
with its light so sparkling.
I believe in Christmas Eve,
and night too,
when the Christmas house, exhausted,
gets ready for a New Year’s view.
I believe in Jesus,
the One who started it all,
Who loves us when we live big,
but calls us to be more
when we choose to live small.
I believe better tomorrows
are made out of better todays
and spreading love and compassion
because it’s the Christmas way.
© Joel Tipple