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That Simple Christmas
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By Geneva Poynter
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                                                   That Simple Christmas


Long ago in days of childhood,

When it was Christmas on the farm,

We'd go looking in the wild wood

For a tree with just the right charm.


We'd chop that tree down right away,

Take it home and make a good stand.

Paper chains were made the same day

In many colors just as planned.


Our gifts were small and very few.

We'd heard of Santa and his fame;

But it took money, this we knew,

Homemade things and good food , our aim.


Christmas plays at the country school,

We,d rehearse well and memorize.

The manger scene was, as a rule,

Jesus' fam'ly in child disguise.


Children were taught at church and home

Just what Christmas was all about.

A good foundation ere we'd roam

Was a good thing to give a "sprout."


Oh yes, we knew why Christmas came

And why God sent Jesus to earth.

He'd die for us and take the blame

For human sin we had from birth.


Today it's so commercialized!

The truth is lost in the wild whirl

Of the toys and things to be prized.

We forget that His birth's The Pearl!


Let's go back to the simple time

When we knew why we'd celebrate

Christmas Day; and, when the bells chime

We'll rejoice and His return await.


That simple Christmas long ago,

Though sparse, was what it should have been.

Fam'ly gathered at home and church

To worship the Babe with friends and kin.













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Submitted: Sunday, December 5, 2010

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

About the Poet
I asked Jesus to be my Savior when I was 11 - that was almost 70 years ago as of June 2015. My husband and I had been married for 54 years as of March 2010 before he went Home to Heaven, and we have one son & daughter in law and 3 grandchildren.

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