Christmas Wrapping

Season’s greetings!

Magic month of fantasies—

Candle glow on Christmas trees,

Mouse-gray houses suddenly

Elegant in finery.

Strings of jewel lights they wear,

Earring wreaths; the vacant stare

Of windows blind now winks with cheer,

Enjoying, so it would appear,

The thaw in social atmosphere.

Season’s greetings!

In the stores a fairyland—

Make-believe in earnest, planned

To make a child believe in dreams;

A magic wonder-world that seems

To leave no longing unfulfilled—

A rocket for a boy to build,

A model universe that whirls

The worlds in orbit; and for girls

Sophisticated dolls with pearls.

Season’s greetings!

Furs and velvet to enhance

Glamour, gaiety, romance,

With a bright extravagance.

Gowns of diamonds for the dance,

Worn, without disparity,

At the ball for charity.

Parties are arranged for Causes;

Pennies, as the shopper pauses,

Go to comer Santa Clauses.

Season’s greetings!

Christmas wrapping that conceals

Under tinfoil, ribbon, seals,

The burden of apostasy,

And fabricates a fantasy.

Sweet idolatrous illusion,

Holly hedge against intrusion

Of the dread epiphany,

Or the frightful Christmas tree

Where he hung on Calvary!

Season’s greetings!

Garb the advent mystery

With the season’s witchery;

Tie in glamour your pretense,

Pay tribute with benevolence.

A fantasy so lyrical

Must substitute for miracle.

No swaddling clothes of faith you hold,

But winding sheets of foil you fold

To wrap with make-believe the cold

Dead doll you yet call Christ!


Billy Graham

The estimate or evaluation of Billy Graham (Nov. 10 issue) is the most accurate that I have seen anywhere. There is no eulogy, partisanship, or magnifying of facts; but a clear-cut statement of the truth about the manner, message, and purpose of one of the most remarkable and greatest gifts to ...

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