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I AM CHRISTMAS DAY


One small infant poor and frail

two thousand years ago

could be a million miles away.

One rough stable

meagre shelter from the night.

What's so special, what's the story here?


Centuries pass, yet still it seems to say:

Every child born, every new dawn

is another Christmas Day.

Somewhere hope springs,

one more heart sings,

it's someone's Christmas day


I am the moment when a baby first lets out a cry

or when a stranger does not pass you by.

I am Christmas Day.

One scared mother far from home,

around her, people fussed.

Even a band of passing kings.


All these details have probably

been built up.

Nonetheless there is a message here.

Born in hardship, one child changed the world.

Every child born, every new dawn

is another Christmas Day.


Somewhere hope springs,

one more heart sings,

it's someone's Christmas Day.

When I am there to relieve

an unknown person's grief,

to share the load whatever their belief,

I am Christmas day.


Every storm braved,

every life saved

is another Christmas Day.

Somewhere peace wins

one more child begins

their first real Christmas Day.


When I'm not prepared

to let the sun go down on you,

to feel your pain

and ask what I can do,

I am Christmas Day

I am Christmas Day.


Howard Goodall

(Commissioned by Mercy Ships UK, 2012)

These words are from the choral work by

Howard Goodall, presented in this form by

Nigel Jones.

Reproduced with permission.

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