Children in pretty clothes
Manners showing bright
Gathered round the Christmas tree
Staring at the lights.
All of family gathered here
Holding hands for prayer
Dinner served for all who sat
Taking time to eat and going no where.
Presents gathered neath the tree
One for each adult and child
Opening each for all to see
No one was acting wild.
Today is different we can see
Money replaces God
Family barely being here
Old fashioned has turned to mod.
Pick up foods already made
Screaming and yelling is what we hear
No time to do what has now come to past
The meaning of Christmas is now thought of last.
TV commercials promote big gifts
People get but can not pay
Stressed and tired and running on fumes
Oh please let’s get through this day.
We go to grandma’s house to eat
Hurry and gobble down the food
Open our gifts as quick as we can
Hurry and leave this hood.
I am so thankful for my old age
For the memories I hold dear
Of family sitting around the tree
I wish I could turn the clock back as I shed my first tear.