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Christmas blessings : prayers and poems to celebrate the season
Cotner, June, 1950-
Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
xvi, 156 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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BV45 .C56 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Holiday
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Usher in the holiday season with this keepsake collection of Christmas prayers and poems in a beautiful gift book by bestselling author June Cotner. From angels and shepherds to memories, inspiration and Christmas through the eyes of a child, this treasury celebrates every aspect of the holiday with over 100 poems and prayers. CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS is certain to become a perennial holiday favorite, fostering a deeper appreciation for the blessings of Christmas.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Most of the selections in this short poetry collection are classics, some of which have been immortalized as Christmas carols. There's Martin Luther's "Away in a Manger," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," Edmund Sears's "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" and Christina Rossetti's "What Can I Give Him?" There is also a sampling of 20th-century poetry, including some fine contributions from Madeleine L'Engle, Henri Nouwen, e.e. cummings and G.K. Chesterton. But many of the other contemporary poems, unfortunately, are not destined for the ages; contributions such as "Grandfather's Christmas Rocking Chair," "The Sights and Sounds of Christmas," and "Angels" don't manage to rise above their sentimentality. In contrast, Barbara Crooker's contemporary poem "The Meteorology of Loss" manages to be both fresh and melancholy while musing on a time-honored subject: the absent friends we remember at Christmas. (Oct. 21) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved



Christmas Joys The Sights and Sounds of Christmas The sound of joyful church bells Heard from a distant hill, A warm and cozy fireside To chase the winter's chill. The jingle of the sleigh bells, A Christmas candle's glow, The cherished celebrations Each heart has come to know. A child's anticipation As he peers beneath the tree, And finds the gift he asked for When he sat on Santa's knee. The sights and sounds of Christmas Woefully will depart, But the wondrous love of Jesus Can remain within each heart. - Catherine Janssen Irwin If I Were a Christmas Tree I'd like to be a Christmas tree with presents all around; with golden ropes, and silver tinsel hanging to the ground. I'd trim my boughs with crystal balls of red and blue and white, and watch them glow and catch the gleam of every Christmas light. I'd wrap myself in candy canes and popcorn balls, and such. And, last, I'd have a shining angel for my crowning touch! Then early Christmas morn when little ones, with shouts of joy, rush in to see and claim and treasure every wondrous toy, I'd lean my boughs to brush up close and touch each child like this, and place upon each shining cheek my loving Christmas kiss! - Bonnie Compton Hanson Everywhere Christmas Peace on earth- It's Christmas; Silent is the night. All about the beauty- Earth is dressed in white. Listen; Hear the angels- Songs are in the air. Wide eyes shine in wonder- It's Christmas everywhere. - Joan Stephen (Continues...) Excerpted from Christmas Blessings by June Cotner Copyright © 2002 by June Cotner Graves Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.