Christmas in Iraq

"Christmas in Iraq"

'Twas the night before Christmas in an Iraqi town;
And our brave U.S. forces had all just hunkered down.
Not a Humvee was moving, not a Jeep stirred the sand
As troops dreamed of their homes, each and every man.
Some longed for their sweethearts, other men missed their moms,
Others missed sons and daughters not seen for so long.
Sugarplums would be nice, but much nicer to be
At home with their loved ones 'neath their own Christmas tree.

When what to their wondering ears should be heard,
But the faint sounds of carols, music and joyful words.
At first heard so faintly, then the sound grew and grew --
The sound of your loved ones singing carols for you.
For you are not forgotten, you are not alone;
You are missed by the people you keep safe at home,
And we remember you as the Christmas bells ring,
As you're watched by the Christ Child whose carols we sing.

For no matter how far from your home you may be,
There once was a Babe born for you and for me.
So hark to the carols as their music draws nigh,
And look to the stars in the Iraqi sky.
Remember the star which on Bethlehem shone,
The star that still guides those who yearn to be Home.
So as Christmas Day dawns over here, over there --
Merry Christmas to you, with our love, thanks, and prayers.

-- by Kathryn E. Darden

Editor's note: At the time this piece was first published on this page, we did not know who Kathryn Darden was. We have since learned that she is publisher of Christian Activities Online. To read the story behind this poem, please click the link to her site.

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Soldier in Picture
by: A. Proud. Soldier

This is a picture of me that a close friend took while serving in Iraq in 2004.

It was an honor to serve with so many great Americans.

Thanks so much for contacting us. We got your picture from a DoD site, and thought it made a perfect illustration for this poem. What a great smile.

Thank you for your service to our country. As long as America has patriots like yourself and your fellow soldiers, who are willing to serve to protect our freedom, it will continue to be a great nation.

May God continue to bless you and your family.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas in Iraq
by: Anonymous


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