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That Star

by Kevin T. McEneaney
Tue Dec 12th, 2017

Just as each snowflake is original,

different, unique, so each Christmas day

should be likewise: in gifts, spirit, and thought,

even if favorite hymns, songs, repeat.

It is slight difference in tradition

that makes repetition so exciting.

Such is the meaning of the wreath you hang,

or the song you sing to a child or self.


We celebrate our generosity,

family, friendships, and community.

That star atop a tree is our symbol

of common goal: to live with unity

in purpose, ambition, and brotherhood—

to live not as we might, but as we should.