The First Christmas


Just what was the first Christmas like
For Joseph, Mary, Christ?
Did people then trim trees, partake
Of cookies shaped and iced?
No—
There were no festive parties held
To celebrate the day;
Christ’s parents trekked to Bethlehem,
A tax law to obey.
There was no jolly Santa Claus
Directing deer in flight;
But in the skies, the angels sang
That holy Christmas night.
There were no colored Christmas lights,
Each sparkling like a gem;
Instead, a star from heaven lit
The way to Bethlehem.
No shoppers sought the perfect gift
Before the day was done,
But humble shepherds left their fields
To seek the Perfect Son.

[illustration] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki