This is a poem I wrote sometime back in college. It needs a lot of work, but the main thought should be clear.
Christmas: Then and Now
The tree is all aglow
With twinkling lights;
Shiny glass balls and tinsel
Glitter from the boughs.
Garlands of holly and mistletoe
Hang from every mantle and banister
While candles glow in the window..
No tree, no candles, no garland
Announced that first Christmas.
The stable where Mary and Joseph stayed
Was bare and cold,
The darkness only broken by a million twinkling stars.
On the floor amid scattered pine needles
Lie brightly-wrapped, beribboned gifts.
The appointed hour arrives;
In a flash of eager hands,
The lovely packages are stripped
Of fancy trim.
What has lain for days in elegance
Is undone in the blink of an eye.
The gift sent by God to the world
Was not wrapped in showy paper
And placed beneath a tree.
He was delivered to two ordinary people
Who swaddled him humbly in plain cloths
And laid him in a lowly manger.
Hasty “thank yous,” muttered without meaning,
Are all but drowned out by the endless din
Of shouting children, remote control cars,
And a thousand other catalog treasures.
Even the jubilation blaring from radio, TV and CDs
Goes unnoticed in the chaos.
As the Christ child lay sleeping,
No pre-recorded carols played,
No excited children fought and screeched
Over trendy toys.
Only angels’ heavenly choruses rang over the fields
And exclamations of wonder, joy, and praise
From seeking shepherds
Broke the silence of that night.
Much later, with wrapping paper discarded,
Once-hungry guests stuffed with rich food,
Brand new batteries all but worn out,
And spoiled children fussy and bored,
Everyone heaves a sigh and mutters,
“Thank God it’s over
For another year!”
When the clamor ceased in Bethlehem,
No cross words were uttered
At the event’s passing.
All who had witnessed that first Christmas
And tirelessly told the story
With true joy and awe.
The coming days were not for Mary and Joseph
A time to recover from excess
But a time to reflect
And ponder the mystery
Of the wondrous gift God had sent.