The Christmas Card List – A Poem


Vermont Winter

I don’t know who authored this (I would credit the person if I knew), but I came across this many years ago. Each year, I stick a copy in each Xmas card I send (yes, I still personally pen and send Xmas cards, versus the lazy Ecard digital way everyone else is going. It’s more personal, I think, and more appreciated.) Please share it with your treasured friends and family this holiday season:

The Christmas Card List

There is a list of folks I know

All written in a book,

And every year at Christmas time

I go and take a look.

And that is when I realize

Those names are all a part

Not of the book they’re written in,

but deep inside my heart.

For each name stands for someone

Who has touched my life sometime,

And in that meeting they’ve become

A special friend of mine.

I really feel that I’m composed

Of each remembered name,

And my life is so much better

Than it was before they came.

Once you’ve known that “someone”

All the years cannot erase

The memory of a pleasant word

Or of a friendly face.

So never think my Christmas cards

Are just a mere routine

Of names upon a list that are

Forgotten in between.

For when I send a Christmas card

That is addressed to you,

It is because you’re on the list

Of folks I’m indebted to.

And whether I have known you

For many years or few,

The greatest gift that God can give

Is having friends like you.

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