Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas Greetings

"Christmas Eve and twelve of the clock.
'Now they are all on their knees,'
An elder said as we sat in a flock
By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures where
They dwelt in their strawy pen,
Nor did it occur to one of us there
To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave
In these years! Yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve,
'Come,' see the oxen kneel

In the lonely barton by yonder coomb
Our childhood used to know,'
I should go with him in the gloom,
Hoping it might be so."

On Christmas Eve I've always enjoyed reading the above poem, "The Oxen" by Thomas Hardy. Also, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and see again the well known words from Tiny Tim: "God Bless us, Everyone!"

It's a wonderful time of year for so many, whatever the celebrations and beliefs may be.

I hope you have a very Happy Christmas, with joy and peace in 2014.