THE GREAT SANTA CLAUS MYTH AND/OR “OMG, HERE COMES CHRISTMAS!”

THE GREAT SANTA CLAUS MYTH

AND/OR

“OMG, HERE COMES CHRISTMAS!”

Hello, Kris Kringle,

Miracle on 34th St,

Jingle jingle jingle

New mangers on sale at Macy’s;

jingle jingle jingle

It’s A Wonderful Life

at Disneyland…..

jingle jingle jingle

The best deals await you,

online and

in every

storefront.

Bla…bla…bla…Jingle Bells, here we come,

already????!!!…..again????!!!

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Myth and capitalism,

miracle and mirage,

with dreamlike hints of despair;

surprising packages,

promises of joy and depression,

one cannot compare.

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Stories and stockings,

lights and delights,

family gatherings

galore;

turkey and gravy,

with tears and hugs,

healing old hurts

….and more.

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Two worlds collide

in this

massive eclipse,

wealth and poverty

side by side,

one seems steadfast,

almost secure,

the other will ride the tide.

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How to retain

our childhood magic

and not fall prey

to delusion;

ah,

there’s our hope

and prayer and calling—

an alternative

to greed and exclusion.

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Meanwhile,

refugees wait,

Chicago kills,

Russia and America

waft and wane;

Politicians hold forth,

Popes live and die,

Love beyond hate,

pleasure or pain.

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What about this coming Christmas?

You know, the choice is ours.

We can plant that same old garden,

or we

can add new flowers.

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Take Love for real

and embrace one another,

look around, find each other

….and share

with our sister and brother.

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Let’s donate to Habitat;

give less stuff to each other,

purchase a Heifer,

and feed that hungry mother.

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And we shall sing in a circle

as big as our earth

uniting

each immigrant

with souls bathed in mirth.

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You and I are choosing now how to celebrate our Merry Christmas!

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-Hal Edwards

Wauconda, Illinois

September 29, 2015

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