A Canadian Christmas

Snow capped roof tops paint a hushed tableau.
Silhouetted branches frame twilight’s glow.
Gath’ring clouds sculpt rays from a scarlet sun.
December’s dawn greets everyone.

Yuletide colours so ornate, so bright.
Tinselled trees adorned with festive light.
from Haida Gwaii to Labrador
Merry holidays are here once more.

The snowflakes fall, the snowflakes rise,
tracing icy breezes through the skies.
Carolers sing along with town brass bands.
Decked halls and storefronts across the lands.

Yuletide colours so ornate, so bright.
Tinselled trees adorned with festive light.
From Newfoundland west through Whitehorse,
Seasons greetings to us all once more.

Passing through my hometown streets,
I contemplate the bittersweet-
-ness of these few short weeks of cheer,
in a time so often wrought with fear.

Despair returns when once again
our world’s distress consumes my thoughts, but then...

I smile as I begin to see,
these hometown streets reveal to me
the thriving peace that’s here to find
in this nation cast from all humankind.

All Earth’s creeds and cultures, in plain sight,
now adorned with kindled hope so bright.
From mountains’ peaks, to prairies’ plains,
from big city blocks, to small town lanes,
from arctic isles to the Great Lakes’ shores,
Christmas time in Canada is here once more.

Music by Suresh Singaratnam (ASCAP)
English Lyrics by Suresh Singaratnam (ASCAP)
French Lyrics by Anna Settembre

Produced by Suresh Singaratnam & Marc Koecher

Marc Koecher - Recording Engineer

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