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Once Upon a Christmas Eve

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 11-22-2000 10:32 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Once Upon a Christmas Eve

Once upon a Christmas Eve, in blustery chill of night
The wind was blowing sparkling icy beads of crystal light
The powdery snow in spiral twists blew off new fallen mounds
And made a lovely wonderland  across the moonlit ground

At midnight hour through howling wind, from places far or near
The sound of bells pierced through the night and touched upon my ear
The moon had passed behind a cloud alit in glowing  light
And caste a shadow of a sleigh onto the misty white

I rubbed my eyes in disbelief of what I was to see
Nine reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh across a starry sea
But then it turned and sped right down upon our laden roof
Piled high with snow that muffled sound of sleigh and pausing hoof

I quickly hid myself from sight, for I had always dreamed
That some day I’d catch Santa Clause in white and puffy sleeve
And there he was, I know not how, for I had locked the door
I didn’t think that Santa would come to a house so poor

For we had placed just one small toy beneath the Christmas tree
For each young child to open Christmas morning happily
But now it seemed that they would have more presents to receive
This Christmas would be happier than any I’d conceive

But Santa left his bag aside, and took no presents out
Instead he looked around and then he slowly turned about
For on a table we had placed a little stable scene
With Christ Child in the manger, as three kings bowed in esteem

Santa stood in wonder and then he said a prayer
Before the Lord and Savior , he knelt so humbly there
His words were spoken softly, and before he went away
He touched each empty stocking, not a toy did he display

So strange a scene disturbed the night, and I could sleep no more
Knowing Santa left not one small present for the poor
But then I fell into a slumber til the break of day
And laughed away my silly dream to start my Christmas Day

When morning broke, the children woke and rush downstairs to see
Each found his gift with ribbon wrapped beneath the Christmas tree
No presents in the stockings, as they could plainly see
But one boy looked in anyway, and said “This is for me!”

It was a note from Santa Claus, it said you are so blessed
To have two parents who have given you such happiness
And so I leave for you this day a present from above
For Christ has sent for each of you a stocking full of love

And in each stocking was a note, that Christ had Santa leave
Full of love and blessings, for each child did true believe
The little ones then held the stockings to their hearts in praise
For they already understood the richness of their days

Elizabeth santos

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1 posted 11-22-2000 05:43 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Oh, my! This is going to be a classic I can tell. Wonderful Liz, just wonderful. I hope we can publish it in the Holiday newsletter!!
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2 posted 11-22-2000 10:54 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

The TRUE meaning of Christmas! This is so touching, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
that's all i got to say!



I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

I hate your socks. I'd like to burn them!

Elizabeth Santos
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4 posted 11-26-2000 08:22 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

PoetdeVine, Thank you for such an entusiatis response to this Christmas story. I greatlt appreciate it

Elizabeth, Many forget the true meaning of Christmas, unfortunately. It good to remind ourselves

Dopey, I like your WOW. Thank you

Liz
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Tears of joys and thankfulness for the beauty and true spirit of Christmas written by your talented hand. This was so very beautiful. Much love to you from me.

Love I leave with you my friend whether it be in your life or of yet the essense of your dreams. [URL=http://path2riches.com]http://path2riches.com
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Liz; This is so glorious a poem and what better gift, the gift that lasts forever, Love.  Eliie

Belief is a truth held in the mind; faith is a fire in the heart.

Joseph Fort Newton


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Elizabeth, you know I read this poem of your's two times and I got tears in eyes when I read it the second time...

I shall thread this to my library and if I may Elizabeth I'd like to print this out and share with the lil one...

Thank you for this lovely render of the story behind Christmas...

coco
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8 posted 12-05-2000 08:41 AM       View Profile for BSC   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BSC

Overflowing with the true meaning of Christmas Liz ~ just beautiful.  Bonnie
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I am in tears...
I am in awe...
Wonderful, wonderful story.
God bless you, sweat soul.


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10 posted 12-06-2000 11:39 AM       View Profile for Romy   Email Romy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Romy

It's so easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas and the gifts that we recieve every day!
You have done such a wonderful thing, reminding us all of our blessings!
This is one I will keep always!
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11 posted 12-06-2000 09:49 PM       View Profile for oh2beme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for oh2beme

Liz, this brought tears to my eyes!!!
It is most beautifully written that words will not explain. Though I have read your work before and you do have a true talent. I always enjoy your reads. By the way, Merry CHRISTmas!!!!
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Certainly not where I expected this one to go at all Liz. This is so beautifully written with so much truth, and true meaning of Christmas it just shines! I shall be sharing this one with my Children, and whoever else will listen. Love it!

<*\\\><

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but I know Who holds the future.

I don't question YOUR existance - GOD

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13 posted 12-12-2000 11:55 AM       View Profile for warmhrt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for warmhrt

Liz,

This was an entirely enjoyable read...full of warmth, hope, and the true Christmas spirit. I loved it.

Kris

All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings...~William Wordsworth
Mark Bohannan
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14 posted 12-12-2000 01:25 PM       View Profile for Mark Bohannan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mark Bohannan

Okay......so you found a way to touch the cowboy deeply in this one.  This is truely lovely and maybe it is the holidays and the emotions that go with it or maybe it is that I am missing my children or maybe it is JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE SO DARN GOOD at penning the emotions of your pieces.  No matter how it is, this one really got to me and I cast my vote for this one to be the opening one in the Holiday Newsletter.  This one should be a card that is sent to all the world to see.  A classic in the making for sure.

A life with love will have some thorns, but a life without love will have no roses.
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Elizabeth Santos
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15 posted 12-12-2000 09:50 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

I am so overwhelmed at your responses to this poem. THank you all for the wonderful comments. This is going to be a wonderful Christmas at our house, for there is so much love and our giving is from the heart. And we intend to have a great time, despite everything. This is a time to rejoice.
Thank you
Liz
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Elizabeth, I must add my comment here and echo the others...You have certainly captured the spirit of Christmas so wonderfully.

Tis very beautiful. Thank you!  

...chanson~

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The best gift that can ever be given... the gift of love. Thank you for sharing this with us. It's so beautiful, and I'm adding it to my library.

"Where there is great love there are always miracles" -Cather
"Love heals everything, and love is all there is"- Zukav


Elizabeth Santos
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18 posted 12-13-2000 09:16 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Thank you all for your remarks. This poem has been improved upon, but too late to edit.
Thank you all
Liz
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A Classic, Indeed!
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I humbly salute you.
Great read.
May this holiday be your happiest. Thank you.

Melton
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21 posted 12-22-2001 10:49 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

Wow!  I'll say this is a real classic.  A fantastic way to bring the true meaning out front.  Thank you for sharing this beauty with us.  May your Christmas be merry, filled with the warmth of love.
  Rae
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22 posted 12-14-2006 03:00 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Merry Christmas Lizzie - love ya lady.  Hope to make this lovely poem available for the latest group of poets to read.  A classic indeed.  Bless you and yours.

     
Merry Christmas To You And Yours

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Simply perfect.  The wonders and joys and scope of the Christmas season---plus the reason for it all.

smiles to you and yours,
Constance
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Such a lovely thought so well expressed.  Love, Joyce
 
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