Russian Doll

Russian Doll

What if Christmas were like a Russian doll,
a thing of layers, brightly coloured on the outside –
a Santa figure, concealing perhaps a snowman,
concealing a reindeer (red-nosed of course),
concealing a donkey, concealing a shepherd,
concealing an angel, concealing a traveller to a stable,
concealing a young mother who is herself carrying an unborn child.
A baby who will appear in the night and the dust,
in the middle of everything, the centre of it all,
the heart of Christmas and the heart of life.
What If this were true, concealed within the layers of Christmas,
buried deep within the tinsel and food and wrapping,
there is this treasure, this rescuing one, small and human,
yet eternal and God with us.

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