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The Spirit Of Christmas

the spirit of christmas

written by: Linda M. Crate



christmas trees gleaming
so bright full of ornaments and light
presents tucked beneath the tree
like children in their beds,
but somehow when you wake there’s
an explosion of more gifts
because santa came;
candy canes and chocolate
greet the faces of good
as mother and father watch them unravel
their gifts—
lovers kiss
some skate across the ice
a season of goodwill and peace toward
every man and woman
ringing bells and collection trays
offerings for those who are without family or shelter
gifts for orphan boys and girls
warmth and love
fall like snowflakes all around,
and the lesson that
it is better to give than to receive
because joy is never something you can buy.

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Linda M. Crate

Linda M. Crate

Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has three published chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press - June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon - January 2014), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016). Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series Dragons & Magic was published in October 2015. The third of the seven book series Centaurs & Magic was published November 2016. Her novel Corvids & Magic was published March 2017.
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This publication is part 16 of 82 in the series 12 Days of Christmas