‘Twas the night before Christmas–and in most of the town,

Not a sign of Jesus–was anywhere to be found.

The people were all busy with Christmas time chores–

Like decorating, and baking, and shopping in stores.

No one sang, “Away in a manger–no crib for a bed.”

Instead, they sang of Santa—-dressed-up in bright red.

Mama sipped her hot cocoa while Papa’s beer was on his lap.

And they’s sip away’ sip away’ with each present they’d wrap.

Then what from the T.V. did suddenly appear?

Twas an ad which exploited a sale down at Sears.

So away to the mall they all flew like a flash–

Buying gifts on credit—and others with cash!

And, as they made their way home from their trip to the mall,

Did they think about Jesus? Oh, no–not at all.

Their lives were so busy with their Christmas time things,

They had no time to remember Christ Jesus, the King of all Kings.

There were presents to wrap and cookies to bake.

Not one thought for the One who died for their sake?

To pray to the Savior–they had no time to stop.

Because they needed more time to “Shop till they dropped!”

On Wal-m! art! On K-mart! On Target! On Penney’s!

On Hallmark! On Zales! A quick lunch at Denny’s!

From the big stores downtown to the stores at the mall,

They would dash away, dash away, and visit them all!

And up on the roof, there arose such a clatter–

As Papa hung lights–using his brand new step ladder.

He hung the ones that would flash. He hung lights that would twirl.

Yet, he never once prayed–to Jesus–the Light of the World.

Christ was born in a manger and then dwelt among us

He was forsaken and beaten this I will discuss

As I raise my children they will know their salvation was won

For God so loved the world that He gave His own Son

Christ died on a cross like a sheep to the slaughter

This is the story I will tell to my daughter

In 3 days He rose and He now sits with the Father

So give to Him all the glory if it’s not much of a bother

And instead of being busy, overworked, and uptight—

Put Christ in your Christmas for a peaceful good night!

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a

Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11)