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    A Marine's Christmas

    I've heard this was the original poem and then other branches changed it up to fit theirs, but either way it's a very touching & emotional poem

    ‎'Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
    In a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone. I had come down the chimney, with presents to give and to see just who in this home did live.

    As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
    no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree. No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand. On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.

    With medals and badges, awards of all kind, a sobering thought soon came to my mind. For this house was different, unlike any I’d seen.
    This was the home of a U.S. Marine.

    I’d heard stories about them, I had to see more, so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door. And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone,
    Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.

    He seemed so gentle, his face so serene, Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine. Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
    Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?

    His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan.
    I soon understood, this was more than a man. For I realized the families that I saw that night, owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight.

    Soon around the Nation, the children would play, And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.
    They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year,
    because of Marines like this one lying here.

    I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone, on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home. Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye. I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.

    He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice,
    “Santa, don’t cry, this life is my choice. I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more. My life is my God, my country, my Corps.”

    With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep,
    I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.

    I watched him for hours, so silent and still. I noticed he shivered from the cold night’s chill. So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
    and covered this Marine from his toes to his head.
    Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold, with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.
    And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,
    and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside.

    I didn’t want to leave him so quiet in the night, this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
    But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure,
    said “Carry on, Santa, it’s Christmas Day, all secure.”
    One look at my watch and I knew he was right, Merry Christmas my friend,
    Semper Fi and goodnight.

    "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer & petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts & your minds in Christ Jesus. [ Philippians 4:6-7 ]

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    awesome! thanks for sharing I'll certainly be sharing this with my marine!
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    C8lynsarah is my wifey. She keeps me when life gets bumpy!

    "I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I'm doing today?" And whenever the answer has been "NO" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something....almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose."
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    This is cute I'm going to email it to my Marine

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    That's so cute where did you find this? I'm always so envious when I read stuff like that that I couldn't come up with something like that to send to my Marine.
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    i love this!!! thanks for sharing
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    Soo sweet! where did you find this? I would like to send the army version to my DF
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    Love it. I'm so glad I can spend Christmas with my marine

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