Saying Merry Christmas
Saying “Merry Christmas” 100 times per year
For 60 years yields nearly 6000 smiles of cheer.
Must we? And, you don’t have to have it white,
In order for Christmas to feel right.
Nor do we have to have three wise men standing
In awe beside a manger, each one handing
Over costly gifts: frankincense, myrrh, and gold.
Angels are nice, especially when they sing two-fold
Amens and Halleluiahs, announcing the birth
Of the Child, the Messiah, a King on Earth.
But we’ve had Christmases before sans seraph,
And no one reported the loss to the sheriff.
From Kyoto to Berlin, to Oslo or Cape Cod,
Whether Mele Kalikimaka or Feliz Navidad,
In upscale penthouses or nomadic tents
People observe Kwanzaa, Yule or Holy Innocents.
How do worship ideas become
Organized by the rules of thumb
In families, in communities?
By using theological opportunities.
30 April 2013