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The Christmas Tree Story
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By Louis Gander
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The Christmas Tree Story

If Jesus told a story

about a Christmas tree,

would Christmas lights be mentioned

in ways that we could see?

 

Would He describe the garland

or other fancy things -

like mistletoe and sparkles

and pretty angel wings?

 

Oh, would He mention ornaments

in colorful designs -

or explain the many colors -

and present wrapping's shine?

 

Or would He paint a picture

of something more oblique -

of something more descriptive -

of something more unique?

 

Would His tree not have needles, but

be rather ghostly grim?

Would His tree not have branches -

except two solid limbs?

 

Would ornaments be mentioned

or dropped from His details?

Would He, Himself replace them with

some hard and cruel nails?

 

Would thorns replace the angel -

that's perched way up on top?

Would love surround that very tree

in blood, from every drop?

 

Would He describe the lighting then,

that turned so very dark?

And would the mountains echo on -

with His final remark?

 

His tree was seen by many folk,

remembered their own way -

but it was very different and

it's priceless still today.

 

If Jesus told the story

about His Christmas tree -

would it have any impact

on folks like you and me?

 

©2009 louis gander


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Submitted: Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.


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