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Christmas Every Week: Christmas Wrappings

Arnold Kellett's poem reminds us that the true value of Christmas is there beneath the glossy wrappings.

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Phoney Santa in the store,
With sack and paunch so full:
His bogus beard a mobile mask
Of two-faced cotton-wool.

Phoney Jesus, centre-piece
Of glossy decoration
In good-for-sales shop-window crib
Devoid of consecration.

And yet the proper Santa thrives
In each child who believes;
The living Jesus changes lives
On caring Christmas Eves.

Oh, lead us, Lord, from surface things
To truth beneath the trappings,
From token Christs and cardboard Kings
Forgive our Christmas wrappings.

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