Not feeling like Christmas?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“It just doesn’t feel like Christmastime.”

A sentiment I’ve heard more than a few times this year. Maybe it’s the economy or all the bad news coming out of Washington. Maybe it’s too much political correctness run amok.

I’ve noticed fewer and fewer people wishing each other a Merry Christmas these days, and when I wish someone a Merry Christmas, their response is often a surprised, “Oh. Merry Christmas to you, too.”

It’s certainly not a recent phenomenon. This time of year is filled with sadness and longing for many people for all kinds or reasons. Take Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for example. The tragic death of his wife and his son being severely injured in a Civil War battle left little for him to be merry and bright about. He poured out his despair in a poem entitled Christmas Bells on Christmas Day, 1863.

So, if you’re not feeling much of the Christmas spirit, take heart. Know that you’re not alone and know that there is still hope to be found.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old familiar carols play

Their old familiar carols play

And wild and sweet the words repeat

And wild and sweet the words repeat

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,

I thought how, as the day had come,

The belfries of all Christendom

The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along the unbroken song

Had rolled along the unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:

And in despair I bowed my head:

"There is no peace on earth," I said,

“There is no peace on earth,” I said,

"For hate is strong and mocks the song

“For hate is strong and mocks the song

Of peace on earth good-will to men!"

Of peace on earth good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;

“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;

The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,

The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,

With peace on earth, good will to men."

With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Till, ringing singing, on its way,

Till, ringing singing, on its way,

The world revolved from night to day,

The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,

A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,

Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Of peace on earth, good will to men!

« « Previous Post: A Christmas Poem | Next Post: Holy and warm » »

One Response to “Not feeling like Christmas?”

  1. SimplyDarlene December 22, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    In that third image from the bottom, it’s pretty cool how those lit andle-cups look like doves.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Merry Christmas!

    Blessings.

Leave a Reply:

Gravatar Image

XHTML: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>