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#### XtremeSkier08

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i hope everyone has a good time! i know i will

merry christmas

#### Big B

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Merry Christmas to all. Hope you have a good one.

#### PoPs77s

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I remembered saving this and just wanted to share it. Merry Christmas

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,

> > > > > > HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
> > > > > > IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
> > > > > > PLASTER AND STONE.

> > > > > > I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
> > > > > > WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
> > > > > > AND TO SEE JUST WHO
> > > > > > IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

> > > > > > I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
> > > > > > A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
> > > > > > NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
> > > > > > NOT EVEN A TREE.

> > > > > > NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
> > > > > > JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
> > > > > > ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
> > > > > > OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

> > > > > > WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
> > > > > > AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
> > > > > > A SOBER THOUGHT
> > > > > > CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

> > > > > > FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
> > > > > > IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
> > > > > > I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
> > > > > > ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

> > > > > > THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
> > > > > > SILENT, ALONE,
> > > > > > CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
> > > > > > IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

> > > > > > THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
> > > > > > THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
> > > > > > NOT HOW I PICTURED
> > > > > > A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

> > > > > > OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
> > > > > > CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
> > > > > > THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

> > > > > > I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
> > > > > > THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
> > > > > > OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
> > > > > > WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

> > > > > > SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
> > > > > > THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
> > > > > > AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
> > > > > > A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

> > > > > > THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
> > > > > > EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
> > > > > > BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
> > > > > > LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

> > > > > > I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
> > > > > > HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
> > > > > > ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
> > > > > > IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

> > > > > > THE VERY THOUGHT
> > > > > > BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
> > > > > > I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
> > > > > > AND STARTED TO CRY.

> > > > > > THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
> > > > > > AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
> > > > > > "SANTA DON'T CRY,
> > > > > > THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

> > > > > > I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
> > > > > > MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
> > > > > > MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."

> > > > > > THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
> > > > > > AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
> > > > > > I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
> > > > > > I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

> > > > > > I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
> > > > > > SO SILENT AND STILL
> > > > > > AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
> > > > > > FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

> > > > > > I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
> > > > > > ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
> > > > > > THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
> > > > > > SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

> > > > > > THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
> > > > > > WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
> > > > > > WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
> > > > > > IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."

> > > > > > ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
> > > > > > AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
> > > > > > "MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
> > > > > > AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

> > > > > This poem was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa, > Japan.

#### FourWerx

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Very nice Brian!!!

Happy Holidays to All! I hope you all are enjoying it and being safe of course!

Jay @ FourWerx