At a recent Christmas Carols by Candlelight event, a poem was read that I just fell in love with. It’s called Listening to Christmas by Alan Harris.
Here are a few lines, but do follow the link to read the full poem. It is beautiful.
Have you ever heard snow?
Not the howling wind of a blizzard,
not the crackling of snow underfoot,
but the actual falling of snow?
Have you ever heard Christmas?
Not the traffic noises in the city,
not the bells and hymns and carols,
beautiful as they are,
not even the laughter of your children
as they open their presents–
but Christmas itself?
Have you been by yourself
and just sat and listened to the silence within,
patiently, without letting the mind
race to the next Christmas chore?