Christmas Dinner

bread & cheese

And it came to pass on a Christmas evening
While all the doors were shuttered tight
Outside standing, lonely boy-child
Cold and shivering in the night

On the street, every window
Save but one, was gleaming bright
And to this window walked the boy-child
Peeking in saw, candle light

Through other windows he had looked at turkeys
Ducks and geese, cherry pies
But through this window saw a grey-haired lady
Table bare and tears in her eyes

Into his coat reached the boy-child
Knowing well there was little there
He took from his pocket,
his own Christmas dinner
A bit of cheese, some bread to share

His outstretched hands
held the food and they trembled
As the door, it opened wide
Said he, Would you share with me Christmas dinner
Gently said she, Come inside

The grey-haired lady brought forth to the table
Glasses two and her last drop of wine
Said she, Here’s a toast to everyone’s Christmas
and especially, yours and mine

And it came to pass on that Christmas evening
While all the doors were shuttered tight
That in that town, the happiest Christmas
Was shared by candle light

— Paul Stookey, 1963

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa everyone!

(In case you missed it, there was a bonus post last night – more Lensbaby fun.)



Filed under food, Lensbaby, photography

7 responses to “Christmas Dinner

  1. Mom

    Toni: What a beautiful poem to go with your pretty picture of cheese and bread. The poem brought tears to my eyes. Hope you and the boys have a wonderful holiday. Mom

  2. A first class post, Tono. Very cool image

    Hope your day has been filled with happiness and laughter, and thanks so much for brightening my days since I joined.

  3. Ah, and so sorry for changing your name from Toni, to tono…. ha ha

    Darn this Christmas alcohol!! I am forced to consume it

  4. Thanks, Mom! Hope you and Uncle Lyle enjoy your day. 🙂
    Paul – Thanks for your continued visits, words of encouragement and daily chuckle. Don’t worry about the name…I answer to anything!

  5. Such appealing food displayed here! Merry Christmas Toni!

  6. ELK

    the words along with the simple image so touching toni

  7. Love the Christmas ‘story’. And – you’re really becoming a master at this lensbaby thing. Exceptional!!!