I don’t believe in Christmas (2010 revision)

I don’t believe in Christmas, this
American disease,
this chance to flaunt our
less-than-seemly sides
and they are Legion.

In other seasons mostly
I don’t mind so much this jangling sound,
this cry like an alarm designed
to stir me from the stupor of
the everyday; yes, usually
let bells ring out, even
the rusty ones, and out of tune,

but all this noise just jars me now,
and pushes me to cringing in
December din, with ringing
in my ears like old regrets or all
I’ve left behind of too-long days, even
as I altogether give in to
nothing nearly like a still
and wholly silent night.
No, no, not Christmas yet, or not for me.

“Advent,” though, now that
rings truer to me and
I like that Latin sound of it
Ad-ventus—“coming towards us,” and
infringing even, bootfalls smashing
though my dull defenses in
an almost hostile sense as Something
slouches towards me in a deepening
power of unmaking or,
at very least,
upsetting all my tables
in temple to myself that I have
so blindly built. Yes,
a slouching, stumbling Something or
Someone makes much more
certain sense to me somehow, oh yes,

I do believe in that,
I do indeed believe in

breaking in and entering, yes, that
little Burglar, yes, that
Stranger, this poor
ragged Baby breaking in
and catching us
all off our guards and
smelling slightly
of stale straw.

And now I wonder if this Advent of
the Christ-child might right now have
something strange and true to say,
just might have more to do with me
than I supposed, might make
some sense of this commercial jingle,
bells of registers, oh yes.
Perhaps this Advent still can speak
Into that not-so-holiday much more than
I supposed:

For He too, (tiny-handed) clutches,
grasping at the world, and tugging
at my ragged sleeves like twelve
too many shoppers
lunging for that latest thing, for some
thing to latch on to.

He must have screamed that starry night,
squalled out at the world just like
these angry, ardent customers, with
their silver clutched in fists, jaws set
to tasks, with all the stress
of this dark season, their
thin socks cold-wet with rain:
small wonder they’d grow angry, yes,

Small wonder—oh…

So now I know a way, I see
two common qualities, how
I might somehow hold to Advent
and keep Christmas in my head.

It takes outrage, of course,
both then as now,
and well we all know outrage,
us as He.
And as another winter swirls
this sense of something gone so wrong
hangs on us like old ornaments
or tiny lights that flicker out,
or like a slightly acid
stable smell.

But from that straw Small Wonder,
still and silent as the night, appears
to help us loose all that we clutch
and cling to, urging that we might
embrace instead this thing
we least expected, that strange gift
so roughly wrapped as It arrives.

Small Wonder strikes so opposite
a note to all that I think I need, as
does a beggar at a feast, as
does the thought of me
down on my knees, as do
good tidings of great joy
declared to dirty men and
working graveyard yet somehow
with weather eye turned heaven-ward.

And so it shows to maybe all of us
(who stumble through this pageant as we
mumble carols, eat too much)
it shows to us that (maybe) faith
might not mean too much more
than doing dirty work
with one eye to the sky
that we may see still well enough
to drop it all, to be found
night-weary in that stable
where we surely don’t belong, yet where
the outrage of Small Wonder draws
A heaving, little, peaceful sigh
then settles down to sleep.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • email


  1. I can’t even begin to imagine how much work you did on this article. This is really great content that I can grasp. Great job.

  2. Impressive content is the way I am going to describe this article for starters. Your gift for original informative content is unsurpassed on this subject.

  3. This is the first time I was able to read an article on this topic without being bored. Thanks for keeping my interest and attention.

  4. This article is a prime example of great informational material. Your points are valid and I agree with much of your data. Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge on this subject. This is great.

  5. Great and really interesting article. Your point of view is more or less the same as main. Many thanks!

  6. What’s up to every one, the contents present at this web site are
    actually amazing for people experience, well, keep up the nice work fellows.

  7. Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a
    few of the images aren’t loading correctly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both
    show the same outcome.

  8. Excellent, what a website it is! This webpage gives valuable data to us, krep it up.

  9. I’m guessing the Author Andrew does NOT like Christmas?
    Interesting twist though.


  1. best convection ovens - ... [Trackback]... [...] There you will find 78449 more Infos: andrewlazo.com/2010/12/i-dont-believe-in-christmas-2010-revision/ [...]...
  2. website link - News info... I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting info...
  3. Physiotherapy - Physiotherapy... [...]we came across a cool web page that you simply may possibly appreciate. Take a look for those…
  4. dizajn - Thanks a lot... Hello, Thanks for your post, pretty good reading. I'll be looking forward to coming again....
  5. austell childrens clinic - Dreary Day... It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to piddeling around online and found...
  6. obat tradisional mengatasi sipilis - obat tradisional mengatasi sipilis Hallo i particularly like about the picture / article / presentation that you describe. Very…
  7. Hamil - Faktor Kencing Sakit Keluar Nanah Hallo This is my first time visit at here and i am in fact…
  8. agen obat kutil kelamin di sulawesi - Kencing Sakit Keluar Nanah Habis Ml Hallo This is my first time visit at here and i am in…
  9. amoxicillin - Obat Kutil Kelamin Mujarab Hai This is my first time visit at here and i am in fact happy…
  10. keluar - Obat Kutil Kelamin Yang Tersedia Di Apotik Hai This is my first time visit at here and i am…
  11. nanah - Obat Kutil Di Alat Kelamin Pria Hallo This is my first time visit at here and i am in…
  12. nanah - Merek Obat Kutil Kelamin Hallo This is my first time visit at here and i am in fact happy…
  13. kencing - mengobati kencing nanah pada pria Hai This is my first time visit at here and i am in fact…
  14. sembuh - kencing nanah sembuh total Hai This is my first time visit at here and i am in fact happy…
  15. epidemiologi - obat kencing nanah yang murah Hai This is my first time visit at here and i am in fact…
  16. Sipilis - apakah kencing nanah menyebabkan Hai Very unique. de Nature ialah sebuah CV yg berjalan dalam bidang pengobatan alami aman
  17. daging - kencing nanah perempuan Hai Very unique. de Nature Indonesia merupakan sebuah CV yg berjalan dalam bidang pengobatan alami aman
  18. raja - kencing nanah super tetra dan
  19. pengobatan kutil kelamin di puncak jaya - Obat Yang Bagus Untuk Infeksi Saluran Kencing gejala
  20. wonogiri - Obat Tradisional.Infeksi.Saluran.Kencing temui
  21. nanah - Obat Antibiotik Untuk Sakit Infeksi Saluran Kencing gatal
  22. kencing - Nama Obat Utk Infeksi Saluran Kencing kelamin
  23. kencing - Obat Infeksi Saluran Kencing Pada Pria Alami area

Leave a Reply