This poem is a mixture of fiction and fact, with an approximate ratio of 75- 25%. (Or 85-15% as it varies with every reading.) The names have not been changed to protect the innocent, as there were no “innocents.” But, Santa says to enjoy it.. So, I think you’d better at least try, if you know what I mean. And don’t even think about lying, for; “…He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you’ve been bad or good…” Yeah, and you know the rest! “So be good, for goodness sake.”
May you spend your Sunday in sunshine, regardless of the weather outside,
Oh yeah, and MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! Thank you all for the gift of fellowship!
The Christmas Lesson
Young Jacky stared inside the box
that was his Santa’s gift.
Having torn at the bow and paper,
in a manner rough and swift.
“How can this be a gift for me,
it’s just a lump of coal?”
Yet his brother Bill, had got quite a thrill,
at the present he had found.
But then, he had been behavin’,
for most, the whole year round.
And surely be, it wasn’t he,
to be the one, who lied and stole!
And how the younger twins had giggled,
at the sound of Jacky’s plight.
They each had a toy, both girl and boy,
and waved them in his sight.
As the tears welled up in Jacky’s eyes,
he cried, “how can Santa, be so mean?”
And though his parents felt the pain this caused,
there was a lesson need be learned.
For their teachings on, what’s right and wrong,
Jacky had lately, spurned.
And they were in fear for his future
as if a vision they had seen.
But to his surprise and that of his eyes,
the box had held more, than coal.
For there was a note tucked in a corner,
in an almost secret fold.
It was a long, long time before he’d tell,
of the note and the difference, it would make .
“We all make our mistakes, but sometimes it takes,
a lesson to show us our flaws.
So the elves and reindeer, will check again next year.
Signed, your teacher and friend, Santa Claus.”
Well, the lesson was learned, and now respect he has earned,
for now Jacky, is the Right Reverend, Jake!
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