Chanukah And Christmas
2100 years ago a band of Jews defeated the Greek army
And drove them off their land, reclaiming the holy temple
In Jerusalem and rededicating it to the service of god.
when they sought to light the temples menorah
They found only a single cruse of olive oil that
escaped contamination by the Greeks.
Miraculously the one day supply lasted eight days.
The sages instituted the festival of Chanukah
To publicize these miracles.
The Dreidel which is a four sided top with a
Hebrew letter on each side which means
“ a great miracle happened here”
was used later on in the years to give thanks to god
Without the enemy knowing that they were praying.
Chanukah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.
Chanukah is probably one of the best known Jewish holidays, not because of any great religious significance, but because of its proximity to Christmas. Many non-Jews (and even many assimilated Jews!) think of this holiday as the Jewish Christmas, adopting many of the Christmas customs, such as elaborate gift-giving and decoration. It is bitterly ironic that this holiday, which has its roots in a revolution against assimilation and suppression of Jewish religion, has become the most assimilated, secular holiday on our calendar.
Christmas and Chanukah are known world wide
But these two faiths do not collide.
They walk hand in hand
For they came out of the promised land.
You see: the son of god was born a Jew
The Romans felt this was taboo.
No other religion could exist
This was controlled by the Romans fist.
JESUS preached in synagogues throughout the lands
Something that the Romans did withstand.
His own people wanted his death
But little did they know
That with this- a new faith would grow.
The cross on which he died became a symbol
Of Christianity, and that’s the way
God meant it to be.
Chanukah is eight days of giving while the Christian
Holiday is just one day, but during these
holidays we all kneel and pray.
We give GOD thanks for all the beauties of the earth
And for family and friends, and it is something
That will never end.
As long as man holds a belief in their hearts
And faith, -then all will be overcome and
Let GODS will be done.
Children around the world waiting for Christmas day
So many letters to Santa, with so many things to say.
Asking for every toy ever known to man
And all his little elves giving a helping hand.
It is no longer dolls, wooden soldiers, and rubber balls
That they ask for today.
It is computers and computer games, Nintendo’s and wii”s
That on TVs. you could see virtual reality.
Cell phones and kindles to read your books.
The touch of a finger is all it took.
Even with all the technology today
Children are taught to kneel and pray.
Christmas isn’t just a day of gift giving
For without CHRIST life isn’t worth living.
So don’t take CHRIST out of CHRIST- MAS
Let him forever stay, for in our lives
He will lead the way.
SCROOGE who had the coldest heart in town
On this day CHRIST he found.
He learned the joys of love and giving
And his life was now worth living.
All his wealth he started to share
And his love was beyond compare.
Because of his help and love- TINY TIM survived
For without the operation he would surely have died.
TINY TIM grew up and became as successful as can be
And taught and raised his own family.
Leaving CHRIST in CHRIST-MAS was the key
That helped to pull him out of poverty.
So why do we need ghosts in our lives to appear?
It doesn’t cost anything for love to share.
there’s a Toyland at the mall saying “ come on in we have it all “
The children dressed in winter gear looking for Santa
And his reindeer.
Other children in the mall window shopping and having a ball.
The Christmas carolers all around making shoppers happy
With their sounds.
You can hear church choirs singing silent night
And the houses all lit up with Christmas lights.
Toyland is a Santa’s workshop where elves work never stops
Every toy within your sight is a Childs delight
Sleds , bikes , dolls and more – you can find it at this store.
Through glass windows you can see , the Elves
Working and singing happily.
The children are asking “ Santa where are you tonight
It’s Christmas eve and you’re no where in sight.
They say it only takes you an hour to cover the world
And leave presents for every boy and girl.
We know we’re supposed to be asleep when you come
But seeing you would be so much fun.
There’s a child in all of us yearning to be free
Looking for our dreams underneath the Christmas tree
Then when we get older we put our childhood dreams away
But in our hearts it will forever stay.
We need this Toyland as much as the children do
And this we know is so very true.
© L . RAMS 120716
The town was completely covered with snow
And the children’s hearts were all aglow.
Christmas day would soon be here
With Santa and his reindeer.
His magical bag would be full of toys
For all the little girls and boys.
Many would try to stay awake that night
In hopes of seeing a red sleigh in sight.
Although this may be a small little town
The Christmas spirit is all around.
The town center Christmas tree with its decorations
Tinsels and lights , leaves the town cheerful and bright.
All the shops with Christmas greetings
Welcoming in the new season and the department store
Windows with all the animated toys
Attracting all the girls and boys.
Yet ! Let’s not forget the child that was born
To give us this holiday , and to him we all must pray.
He gave us a man all dressed in red , who is now
In our hearts and in our heads.
He is here to remind us every year to spread
Gods good will and good cheer.
The children know him as Santa with the red suit
His beard white as snow , leaving gifts and
His HO- HO- HO .
The red suit is the symbol of the blood that he shed
The white is the purity on top of his head.
© L . RAMS 111016
i was looking through some christmas ornaments that were
old , faded and gray . some still looked decent but others
had to be thrown away
each one was a memory of years gone by of when family and friends rejoiced as one and looked up and praised GOD
up on the sky
just like the ornaments that were being thrown away
many had left us in search of other ways.
we all look forward to christmas when spirits and joys start to fly and see the happiness in everybodys eyes.
children awakening and screaming ” it’s Christmas day”
we’ll now have different toys for all of us to play.
just watching their faces as they tear the packages apart
and the anticipation dancing in their heart.
for this one day in life there is joy around the world
and at times battles will stop for all the boys and girls.
any adults will stop showing the children the hathreds in their hearts , but give them school books , crayons , puzzles and such – anything that will not cost too much.
let them have a childhood , for death , destruction and war will always be around.
so let them enjoy temselves and let’s not put them down’
they pick up rifles and bombs because the elders tell them so
and if that’s the case – why don’t the elderd go ?
(C) L.RAMS 081516
All my life I have tried to keep the spirit pf Christmas alive
Yet many kids never get to see a present underneath their
In third world countries where food is scarce
People talk about Christmas from centuries past.
The stories may be different but the theme is the same
Of a man who was bearing gifts for the children on his list.
It may be villages and tribes unknown
But generosity is always shown.
A hand made drum for boys to beat
Even a small wooden doll is quite a treat.
Christmas is known by different names
But the thought is still the same.
The spirit of Christmas should be in the hearts of man
So it could spread throughout each land
I know the spirit of Christmas will never grow old
It is a story that will forever be told.
© L. RAMS 051416
she was awoken with a loud thunderous sound
she jumped up and looked around.
it can’t be santa claus? it just can’t be.
mommy did’nt even have money to buy a tree.
she heard the sound one more time
and upon her roof they did climb.
the little pitter patter of hooves
above her head
made her turn and jump out of bed.
she ran to the window and
looked to the roof
she wanted to tell her mother
she did have the proof.
she saw something red
moving to the chimney
then she knew it had to be.
that santa claus is not only
in our hearts and minds
and will live throughout all time.
all children are supposed
to be asleep.
but through half closed eyes
they would peak.
she then heard the sounds in
the room below.
as she opened the door very slow.
to her surprise there was a tree
decorated ‘oh so beautifully’.
and there under the tree
there was gifts galore
who would think – that they were poor.
as she started to look around
at the fireplace he was found.
he was having the milk and cookies
that were left that night.
‘ oh my gosh what a beautiful sight’.
he then put his finger to his nose
and just like the book
up the chimney he rose.
she went back to her room, and climbed
back into her bed, said her prayers
and laid down her head.
she awoke the next morning
thinking it was a dream.
when she heard her mother scream.
how is this possible? how can it be?
‘all these presents, and with a tree.’
as she ran to her mothers side
the tears started to fill her eyes.
i don’t know who did this? i have no clue
and i don’t know what i should do.
she then told her what she heard
and saw the night before
when she opened up her bedroom door.
as we opened up the first package
from under the tree
we saw a metal frame with one word.
now we put this question to you.
do you believe? is this story true?
It was Christmas eve and last minute
Shoppers were running frantically
As I walked out my front door
What to my astonishment and surprise
A little boy sitting with a puppy in his lap
Looking up to the sky.
I asked: are you o.k.? he replied: no! not really!
Every year I find a spot to sit Down and look around
Of how free will can be put to the ground.
Why does man thrive on pain, suffering and war
When they have another door!
A door of peace, happiness and love
Sent to them from my father above.
I know since my birth it has gotten better
And people are finding their faiths once again
And love is filling many hearts and souls
But true happiness and peace should be their goal.
I see so many children abandoned and left in
the streets with out food or drink.
In the middle east and Asia- little girls lives
Are being taken and destroyed
Over the birth of a little boy.
Without the females this world would cease to exist
I would not be here if not for my mother
And like her there is no other.
Why would man want to take a life at birth
This is the most precious thing on this earth.
The children are so happy when they celebrate my birth
And receive gifts as I had done before
When the three kings opened up that gift giving door.
Yet! I sit here reflecting on centuries gone by
With tears in my eyes.
But also with joy and fulfillment in my heart
Knowing this is the season for a brand new start.
Look into the eyes of every child that passes by
And you will see that gleam in their eyes
And love in their hearts, if they are led in the right direction
Mankind will be closer to perfection.
I could not believe what I was hearing and asked:
Who are you? He turned and smiled and said:
I am your father my son, and I’ve come
To help everyone.
Everyone who seeks my father
I will respond in his name.
“Then he faded from my sight”
And I prayed for peace and love that same night.
WHO WAS HE?
© L. RAMS
Christmas child 2
Christmas is all about love sent with a child from the heavens above
A child who was born as a carpenter’s son who came to bless every one
He wasn’t born wealthy or lived in a castle or on a mountain high
But he was praised and honored from all the angels in the sky.
Because of his birth three kings followed a star and traveled from afar
When they arrived to where the star shone that is where this child was born
In a manger with cattle and sheep sitting on the hay, as they all knelt to pray.
They came with gifts to honor a king with gold, frankincense
And myrrh they did bring.
There is not diamonds, gold, silver, pearls or riches of any kind
That could compare to what he has left behind.
It is the power of love and the love that he shared with every one
And as they say: his will be done.
You hear of him in religious books, storybooks. And word of mouth
And how his words came about.
There is no story greater than his birth and life, not Sampson and Delilah
Hercules, Joan of arc, Moses, or Noah and his arc, and so many
Others on which I won’t embark.
One man who created a new religion called Christianity
And if you take the first part of that word, it is CHRIST.
Then you also have Christmas so don’t take CHRIST out of Christmas.
What more can I say! I believe and love him in every way.
© L RAMS121114
All the Christmas stories the children are learning
As the Christmas candle is burning.
The stories are being told by grandparents and parents alike
Sitting by the candle light.
Oh so many stories that must be told
Stories that never gets old.
Stories of different places and unfamiliar faces
Like stories of Uncle Scrooge and how the people s kindness he abused
And how he changed his ways, and the story lives on till this day.
Also the stories of Rudolph and frosty the snowman and Santa
And what he went through- to deliver presents to me and you.
Then you have the island of misfit toys and how
Each one yearned to be hugged by a little girl or boy
And Santa knew just what to do and they’ve been repaired like new.
The elves have worked all year long making toys for every girl and boy
This is Santa’s special day where he gives the toys they made away.
Then we see the children who can’t stay awake no matter how hard they try
Because the Sandman’s dust is in their eyes.
His sleigh will be in flight and the stars will be his guiding light
And Rudolph will brighten the way, so from his course he will not stray.
So many stories that the adults will tell as the children sit all around
Just looking up, not making a sound.
We need these story tellers who know how to weave a web
Till they close their eyes and are put in bed.