Christmas Blessings: Prayers and Poems to Celebrate the Season
Warner, 2002 (2002)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his year more than most, it feels important to immerse ourselves in the hope and joy of the holiday season, and
is the perfect accompaniment to the quiet moments stolen from frantic preparations for the celebrations. This charming little volume includes sections on: '
Through Children's Eyes
Graces, Prayers and Toasts
', and '
If I Were a Christmas Tree
, a delightful poem in the shape of a fir tree (this one is included in the book excerpt). There are well known classics like Longfellow's
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
A Visit from St. Nicholas
; and those not as well known as they should be like Edgar Allan Poe's
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
') and e. e. cummings'
quote from Flight 93 widow Lisa Beamer about finding '
moments of joy
' in sadness, is echoed in poems that speak of lost loved ones, like David Hay's
A Toast to Christmas Past
Though cherished ones may go their way, / Their memories never die
' or Madeleine L'Engle's
which admonishes '
We cannot wait till the world is sane / to raise our songs with joyful voice.
is full of wonderful reminders of why we celebrate the holiday. Treat yourself to a copy and enjoy it late on Christmas Eve with a glass of eggnog or a quiet cuppa, or stuff it in the stockings of your loved ones; they'll appreciate it also.
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