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Keep your face to the sunshine
and shadows will fall behind you. -- Walt Whitman

All I Want For Christmas by Judith A. Lawrence

All I Want For Christmas by Judith A. Lawrence

I want to smell chestnuts roasting

on South Street in center city Philadelphia,

bustle up Market Street to view Wanamakers’s

Christmas animated window display,

see The Nutcracker Suite, the sugar plum fairies,

fulfill my Christmas shopping list

for under ten dollars,

go to midnight mass to hear

the choir sing Adeste Fideles

breathe in incense and myrrh,

bake gingerbread cookies,

top the Christmas tree with the old tinsel star,

wake up Christmas morning to a foot of snowfall

grab my old sled, old friends,

trek in my mismatched galoshes to the park

slide on a blanket of compacted ice

squeal all the way to the bottom of Nutbreakers Hill,

build that snowman with top hat, buttoned vest, and pipe,

sneak eggnog from Great-Aunt Mary’s bowl,

wear my new frilly dress, faux fur trimmed coat

and shiny black boots for the Christmas party,

get stuffed with anisette cookies, sit on Santa’s lap,

hear The Little Drummer Boy, ba rumba ba brum,

curl in my bundled bed on Christmas night

gaze through my window at the heavenly stars

fall into blissful sleep believing in

the possibility of peace all over this world.

The Linnets Wings