There are many unwrapped gifts
That we can give each other;
No need for red paper and green bows
Just Christmas Love for one another.
Forgive an enemy–release a grudge
Speak kindly to the store clerk;
Apologize now if you are wrong
(These are pure Christmas perks)
Mend a quarrel, dismiss suspicion
Write some letters long overdue;
Take the time to keep a promise
An old lost acquaintance renew.
Smile a little— and laugh a lot
Give your friends some slack—
It’s time to share these unwrapped gifts
Help bring the real Christmas Spirit back.
2010 by Douglas Raymond Rose
Member Academy of American Poets