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Christmas for the First Time Again

By Jill Marshall-Work

You wander in wonder, your eyes open wide.
You cherish the magic adults take in stride.
In your fresh exuberance I realize
I see Christimas for the first time again through your eyes.

You sing bits of tunes about Santa and snow.
You hum hints of carols wherever you go.
Your laughter reminds me to stop and rejoice--
I hear Christmas for the first time again through your voice.

You dash to the window to catch reindeer dancing on snow.
While candles surround you, your bright smile eclipses their glow.
My heart takes a snapshot to capture the joy you impart.
My child, you're the reason this holiday season
will always remain in my heart.

You live in the moment, as most children do.
Allow me to savor each moment with you.
Together we'll celebrate wishes come true--
I'll know Christmas for the first time again with you.

Copyright words and music 1999 Jill Marshall-Work

Jill wrote this after celebrating the first Christmas of her newly-adopted 2-year-old daughter Zia (from China) in 1998 and the following year celebrating the first Christmas of her new 3-year-old son Quinn (from Vietnam). Jill can be reached at <> and <>.
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