Ode to Christmas Past and New Year’s Hope

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The stockings that were hung by the chimney with care

Are somewhere in the laundry with the underwear.

The tree that shimmered with ornaments and lights

Is now one-third lit after light-saber-fights.

The toddlers have toys all over the floor

But prefer the boxes that came from the store.

The teens are glued to the latest of games

And kids keep tripping over new cars and trains.

Christmas was fun but now it’s gone.

The New Year is coming January One.

The young lives that race through your house today

Will grow up and head to their own homes one day.

Christmas memories will last much longer than toys.

The New Year has hope for successes and joys.

Parenting is not for the faint of heart

But it is a great blessing our God does impart.

All of us at ChristianParenting.org wish your family a very blessed and happy New Year.