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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 ...1
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