Christmas Long Ago

Oughterard Newsletter December 2006

Michael O'Connor

Remembering Christmas long ago brings happy thoughts to mind

Of a time when people were humble and poor and also simple and kind

They laboured, prepared for months on end for this special night to shine

As they decorated up their homes for that midnight so divine


The festival, it started on the night of Christmas Eve

With the family all together no one dared to leave

The cake was cut and shared around as supper got underway

As the flame from the Blessed Candle replaced the light of day


With holly and ivy everywhere, adorning the walls around

It framed the pictures on the walls from ceiling to the ground

The homemade Crib was perched on high on the kitchen window small

As the scene was set and the prayers were said for neighbours one and all


That night the scene was magical from Gorthacarnaun Hill

Looking down the valley so peaceful and so still

As the candles twinkled merrily in the cottage windows bright

I’ll ne’er forget that vision on that far off Christmas Night


The true message of Christmas was portrayed before my eyes

In the eerie stillness all around that I witnessed with surprise

It seemed as though the world stood still on that very Special Night

As it waited for Our Saviours birth to gladden and delight


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