Today's Beautiful Gem: `Christmas' by M. Udayakala

"Christmas is
the laughter of innocence,
the song of happiness,
the dance of hopefulness,
and, the prayer for peace.

"Christmas is
the end of an old year,
the expectancy of a new year,
the birth-day of a child,
and, the fulfillment of the heart.

"The best Christmas gift is
smiles on children's faces,
handshakes between old enemies,
roofs over the homeless,
and, friendship for the heart-broken.

"Christmas is a state of the mind;
Christmas is ever in your spirits;
Everyday is indeed a child's birth-day;
Everyday can always be a Christmas day!

"May Hope gush forth like a fount!
May Joy radiate like the sun!
May Peace crystallise like the snow!
May Love permeate like the air!"

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Om Saantih! Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao