That time of year has come again;
small children drive their folks insane.
But still we hold our darlings near
remembering this time of cheer
when in our day we pestered too
for some toys that we all knew
were the secret to great joy
and not some advertisers ploy
to pry more money from Dad’s claw
and teach us that we needed more.
To get more things became the way
to prove our worth on Christmas day.
Beneath the hype of advertising
we saw a new trend slowly rising
when festivals of any sort
were measured by the things we bought
with no thought given to what’s real;
communities and how we deal
with all that’s missing from their core –
the hunger, hatred, so much more.
So give a thought when they just whine
and we drown sorrows with sweet wine
that it was our capitalistic thrust
that made possessions the great must
and when they whine for one more toy
try to explain ‘bout love and joy.