In Praise of Christmas

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In praise of Christmas
raise your voice
and join the boisterous angel chorus
who celebrates the holy Son
of heaven sent to earth.

In praise of Christmas
light your candles,
deck your trees in red and gold,
proclaim the dawn of Light
upon a cold and darkened world.

In praise of Christmas
give your gifts
to loved ones and to strangers both;
reflect the generous King
who gave His only precious One.

In praise of Christmas
mark the feast
and raise your glasses high together,
for the child’s laughter
tells us hope has come at last.

In praise of Christmas,
laud the Father,
laud the Spirit,
laud the Son!
Incarnation now accomplished,
redemption’s loving victory begun!

Chris currently teaches writing and literature to community college students in Massachusetts. He is the author of six books of poetry, and can probably be found reading a book, drinking chai, and wearing flannel. In 2018 he and his wife Jen co-founded The Poetry Pub, an online community for poets. He enjoys walking in the woods, hanging out in coffee shops, and poking around used bookstores.


9 Comments

  1. Chris Underhill

    Chris, thank you for this, for your music, and for your “Lay of the Lord”. Your work reminds me of those truly old English carols that are so seldom sung these days, full of wonder and unafraid of the miraculous, with choruses that come around again and again to punctuate the verses and drive home the point.

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