By Bill Fox/Columnist
Santa Claus came to me in my dream last night.
I don’t mind saying it gave me a fright.
He said he was upset over Santa’s helpers (or clones)
They’ve borrowed his image, which he alone owns
And use it for purposes Santa doesn’t endorse,
The real Santa doesn’t sell things,
You knew that of course!
The London Santa parade this year,
Was held before Remembrance Day,
An insult to Veterans Santa does fear,
Causing Mrs. Claus to shed a sad tear.
Dear residents of London Village and Town,
Next year PLEASE don’t let Santa down.
Have Santa show up after Remembrance Day
Santa and Vets. would really like it that way.
So last night in my dream, he asked me to share
To remember the spirit of the real St. Nick
Cause he knows the children especially do care
But we, after childhood, dismiss it real quick
That the first Christmas ever, we should never forget
Cause of Baby Jesus, we owe quite a debt.
Here was a man, from an obscure town
The real spirit of giving, he would hand down.
He showed us the way we should live for others,
All of mankind are really our brothers.
He gave us by example what our priorities should be
Not material things! Have we forgotten to see?
What really counts in our world right now
Is to see with compassion how some people live
And where we can, to somehow give
Not presents, but presence
Cause if we do, we will indeed, feel better too.
Santa wants us to love all sisters and brothers
Not just some of our friends and lovers.
What is it really that is of great worth?
Cherishing each other and cherishing the earth.
Some of us are blinded by our very own greed
Not seeing our neighbours suffering in need
So open your hearts, you could be there
Begging on street corners, with no one to care
Watching the shoppers fully loaded with presents
To be arranged on Christmas by loving parents.
A few months later, will be cast aside and forgot
In years gone by it’s happened a lot.
So this year give the gift that lasts
A caring smile, a phone call, some time with a stranger
The elderly, the sick, the less fortunate than you
Cause remember one day that could be you.
And in that case, what would you want?
The newest electronic game? I think not
Some time with those you love, to share some good laughs
Knowing they care, and love you a lot
That’s something really that cannot be bought.
The gift of caring and love
Initiated from heaven above
That’s what we all want, most of.