While spirits are uplifted in the local parish, and folks take pause for thoughts to cherish;
While faithful hearts recite "Peace on Earth", and old friends catch up on news and mirth;
While chefs prepare for the perfect dish, and Santa listens to each youngster wish;
While lovers cuddle in winter's snows, and gifts are topped with pretty bows;
While outdoor displays sparkle and shine, and homes refresh with spruce and pine;
While trees are trimmed in all their glory, and classrooms practise "The First Christmas Story";
While shoppers panic in annual fashion, thoughts of you increase in constant passion.
As leaders express hopes for all that is fair, your well-being is truly all that I care.
As children smile with each dreamt sugar plum, my love for you, Sweetest, still leaves me numb.
If given one wish for which I could pray, with all my heart and soul, I'd say:
There's been no Christmas more bright and cheery Than any one moment spent warm and near Thee.
Yours... Truly Yours,
Vernon R.J. Schmid
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Last Updated: 2005-01-23.