we say the gifts are "just for fun"
--the joy of giving, making spirits bright--
that we know the meaning behind it all

but is Christ forefront in our hearts
as we race for parking spots and
shove (politely) through malls?
it's rude, we say, not to give,
as fingers fasten paper and curl bows

and yet the paradox remains that
the greatest gift of all came wrapped
in poverty

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