At The Bavarian Christmas Village

Christmas
   Evergreens hanging
   Toy trains circling
   Deep green trees reaching to the ceiling
   Crystal sparkling
   Lights twinkling
   Hemlock in the air
   Olde tyme melodies conjoined.

God enfleshed
   A gift to the profane and the holy
        to the unbeliever and the believer

Magic in winter ascending
   Toys and excitement for the kids
   Memories for mom and dad
   Hope and nostalgia ...
   Pain and love ...
   Loneliness in the midst of family ...
   Baby Jesus in the midst of you.

Yankee Candle Company,
Deerfield, MA
©October, 1999, John A. Mills