Mother has always been careful

To keep me from catching a sickness.

But one thing she hopes I come down with

Is a condition called “spirit of Christmas.”

Catching the spirit of Christmas

Is nothing like catching a cold.

It makes you feel warm

And new and transformed

And leaves your heart feeling like gold.

Catching the spirit of Christmas

Is the catchingest of all that goes ’round

During this season

When there’s no greater reason

To lift those whose heads hang down.

Catching the spirit of Christmas

Won’t leave you sick in your bed.

It’ll give you the zest

To start living your best

And love others as Jesus has said.

Illustration by Adam Koford