The First Christmas

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    Just what was the first Christmas like
    For Joseph, Mary, Christ?
    Did people then trim trees, partake
    Of cookies shaped and iced?
    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