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Christmas 2020
By Kathy Schongar

Still shines the Star of Bethlehem
bringing light to our lives across distance and time
leading us to the Christ-Child. 
Still shines the Star of Bethlehem
its glow clearly seen in the sparkling eyes of children
wide-eyed with wonder and innocence,
singing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus,
offering gifts handmade with love.
Still shines the Star of Bethlehem atop balsam firs
adorned with colorful lights and glistening baubles
reflecting happy faces gathered together,
sharing the Christmas story, making the holiday sacred
with traditions that will become the fabric
of family celebrations for years to come.
Still shines the Star of Bethlehem
in the weathered faces of the wise,
renewed and delighted by memories recalled
of Christmas mornings long ago that smelled of pine,
and simple stockings filled with special treats!
Still shines the Star of Bethlehem
for all the world this night!
A light of hope in uncertain times,
leading us to Emmanuel, God with us
once in time and for eternity.

Kathy Schongar lives in Albany, is a Mercy Associate and member
of the Church of St. Vincent de Paul in Albany.

Jesus is the best gift
By Paula M. Carosella

He doesn’t need winding, recharging or plugs
“No batteries!” won’t stop Him from giving out hugs.
You don’t need to dust Him or fix broken parts
He won’t shrink or fade but will always fit hearts.
He never needs mending and never wears thin
Left out in the rain? Nope, no rust found on Him!
His love never changes, it’s fresh, ever true
No new model needed, He’ll never leave you.
And unlike the toys and the gadgets that shine
He works in this world and the one without time.

Paula M. Carosella is a parishioner at St. Joseph’s Parish in Scotia.
The poem was written in 2017 for a young family member.