Christmas Eve

Dark-skinned baby Jesus
Lay quietly in the manager
Atop the three year old’s
Mondrian lego dump truck

Wise men watch
Quietly
Too wise to intervene
In a child’s over-excited
Stubbornness

Macaroni and cheese
And sweet potatoes
Insistently eaten after
Boston cream pie
But before the
Made by himself
Cookie dough cake

Gathering
Crumbled wrapping paper
Carpeting the floor

Neighbors bring
Christmas greetings
Cookies
And – oh blessed gift –
Their three children

Five adults talk
For over an hour
As four children
Play
Inside and outside

A Christmas miracle
Worth celebrating





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