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Merry Christmas!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Merlin, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    To all my Herp Center family, I wish you the blessings of the season. NO matter what you call it or how you honor it, just do it. Hold your friends and family tight and tell them you love them.
    Count your blessings and be thankful for all you have.
    And remember those who are far away from their families watching out for US! My Christmas wish is that one day we will truly have peace on Earth there will be no need for them to be away. But for now

    The Night Before Christmas

    TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
    IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.

    I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
    AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

    I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
    NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN A TREE.

    NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
    ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

    WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
    A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

    FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT, IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
    I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER, ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

    THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING, SILENT, ALONE,
    CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

    THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE, THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
    NOT HOW I PICTURED A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

    WAS THIS THE HEROOF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
    CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

    I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
    OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

    SOON ROUND THE WORLD, THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
    AND GROWN-UPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

    THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
    BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS, LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

    I COULDN'T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
    ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

    THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
    I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY.

    THE SOLDIER AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
    "PLEASE DON'T CRY, THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

    I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
    MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."

    THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
    I COULDN'T CONTROL IT, I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

    I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS, SO SILENT AND STILL
    AND WE BOTH SHIVERED FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

    I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
    THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

    THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER, WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
    WHISPERED, "CARRY ON, IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL'S SECURE."

    ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
    "MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."
     
  2. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Merry Christmas!
     
  3. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Merry Christmas everyone!
     

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