Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Credo at Christmas

At Christmas time I believe the things that children do.

I believe with the English children that holly placed in windows will protect our homes from evil.

I believe with Swiss children that the touch of edelweiss will charm a person with love.

I believe with Italian children that La Befana is not an ugly doll but a good fairy who will gladden the hearts of all.

I believe with Greek children that coins concealed in freshly baked loaves of bread will bring good luck to anyone who finds them.

I believe with German children that the sight of a Christmas tee will lessen hostility among adults.

I believe with the French children that lentils soaked and planted in a bowl will rekindle life in people who have lost hope.

I believe with Dutch children that the horse Sleipner will fly through the sky and fill the earth with joy.

I believe with Swedish children that Jultomte will come and deliver gifts to the poor as well as to the rich.

I believe with Finnish children that parties held on St. Stephen's Day will erase sorrow.

I believe with Danish children that the music of a band playing from a church tower will strengthen humankind.

I believe with Bulgarian children that sparks from a Christmas log will create warmth in human souls.

I believe with American children that the sending of Christmas cards will build friendships.

I believe with all children that there will be peace on earth.

1 comment:

  1. The poem is factually incorrect about Dutch children. Sleipni (correct spelling)r is a Norse (Norway, Iceland etc) tradition,e not Dutch at all. Dutch children celebrate Sinterklaas on December 5th with Sinterklaas and a white horse named Amerigo. Christmas is celebrated with family on the 25th of December and they call Santa "the Kerstman" which is translated as the Christmas man. Daniel Roselle got it wrong!