His birth was not in December
with snow at a stable door
and Father Christmas and reindeer
was never what Christmas was for.
He came to us for a purpose
though often it seems we forget
the message he came to deliver
and the road on which he was set.
So while pretty cards paint a picture
of holly and red breasted birds
they do not portray the meaning
or the truth in the Gospels’ words.
(published in Areopogus in December 2009)