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>Let us be thankful for the simple things in life!!!
>Remember our men & women who aren't home this holiday!
>God Bless!
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> >> Subject: I Had No Christmas Spirit
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> >> I had no Christmas spirit when I breathed a weary sigh,
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> >> And looked across the table where the bills were piled too high.
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> >> The laundry wasn't finished and the car I had to fix,
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> >> My stocks were down another point, the Seahawks lost by six.
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> >> And so with only minutes till my son got home from school
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> >> I gave up on the drudgery and grabbed a wooden stool.
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> >> The burdens that I carried were about all I could take,
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> >> And so I flipped the TV on to catch a little break.
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> >> I came upon a desert scene in shades of tan and rust,
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> >> No snowflakes hung upon the wind, just clouds of swirling dust.
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> >> And where the reindeer should have stood before a laden sleigh,
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> >> Eight Hummers ran a column right behind an M1-A. >
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> >> A group of boys walked past the tank, not one was past his teens.
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> >> Their eyes were hard as polished flint, their faces drawn and lean.
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> >> They walked the street in armor with their rifles shouldered tight,
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> >> Their dearest wish for Christmas, just to have a silent night.
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> >> Other soldiers gathered, hunkered down against the wind,
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> >> To share a scrap of mail and dreams of going home again.
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> >> There wasn't much at all to put their lonely hearts at ease
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> >> They had no Christmas turkey, just a pack of MREs.
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> >> They didn't have a garland or a stocking I could see,
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> >> They didn't need an ornament-- they lacked a Christmas Tree.
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> >> They didn't have a present even though it was tradition,
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> >> the only boxes I could see were labeled "ammunition."
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> >> I felt a little tug and found my son now by my side,
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> >> He asked me what it was I feared, and why it was I cried.
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> >> I swept him up into my arms and held him oh so near
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> >> and kissed him on the forehead as I whispered in his ear.
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> >> There's nothing wrong my little son, for safe we sleep tonight,
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> >> Our heroes stand on foreign land to give us all the right,
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> >> To worry on the things in life that mean nothing at all,
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> >> Instead of wondering if we will be the next to fall.
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> >> He looked at me as children do and said its always right,
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> >> to thank the ones who help us and perhaps that we should write.
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> >> And so we pushed aside the bills and sat to draft a note,
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> >> to thank the many far from home, and this is what we wrote:
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> >> God Bless You all and keep you safe, and speed your way back home.
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> >> Remember that we love you so, and that you're not alone.
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> >> The gift you give you share with all, a present every day,
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> >> You give the gift of liberty and that we can't repay.
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> >> (Author unknown)
 

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My thoughts and prayers go out to our service men and women too. Not just at Christmas but all year round. Thank you for the poem; it makes my problems look small in comparison.

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This is also posted in the general BS forum, with acknowledgement to the author...
It's called "The Sands of Christmas"

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Excellent, I spent 2 christmas's overseas and those were the hardest of my life. My heart goes out to those men and women deployed overseas at this year.
 
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