Touch Hands

December 26, 2011

Ah, friends, dear friends, as years go on
and heads get gray,
how fast the guests do go!
Touch hands, touch hands,
with those that stay.
Strong hands to weak,
old hands to young,
around the Christmas board, touch hands.
The false forget, the foe forgive,
for every guest will go
and every fire burn low
and cabin empty stand.
Forget, forgive, for who may say
that Christmas day may ever come
to host or guest again.
Touch hands!

– William Henry Harrison Murray (1840-1904)

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A Christmas Blessing

December 25, 2011

May peace and goodwill, prosperity and plenty,
joy and satisfaction
abound in your homes
and in your hearts this day and all days.

May opportunities for good work be many,
and may you avail
yourselves of them all.
May your sorrows be lightened, may your griefs be assuaged.
May your souls be fitted for what they must endure;
may your backs be strengthened for your burdens;
may your responsibilities be met; may your obligations be discharged;
may your duties be performed.
May love abound more and more until the perfect day breaks in your lives.
In short, every wish that would be helpful, uplifting, and comforting,
I wish you at this hour and in all hours.

In the words of Tiny Tim. “God Bless us every one!”

-Cyrus Townsend Brady, A little book for Christmas, 1917.