On the 1st day of Christmas, I was sure as I could be
That the most important part of my life is my incredible family.
On the 2nd day of Christmas, I quickly glanced around
And smiled at my good fortune to live in Bethesda, downtown.
On the 3rd day of Christmas it was easy for me to see
How many incredible people live here in The Darcy.
On the 4th day of Christmas what quickly came to me
Is how much we have grown: 17 members on our Social Committee!
On the 5th day of Christmas, we all need to realize
That it’s in the giving, not the getting, that is the real prize.
A 6th day of Christmas brought to my mind
my long-standing dream that everyone in the world would be kind.
A 7th day of Christmas warns us to take care of our health
Far more important than focusing on our financial wealth.
An 8th day of Christmas reminds us that we are not alone,
There are those who are hungry, there are those without a home.
Being inclusive and tolerant, living without much hullabaloo
Is what the 9th day of Christmas tells us to do.
The 10th day is for being present and living a purposeful life
Being a model parent, a faithful husband or a loving wife.
The 11th day says to be joyful, spread cheer all around
Be happy and grateful, our feet solidly on the ground.
And the 12th day offers a wish from me to you
May you be blessed in 2018 in all that you do.
Merry Christmas to you all!
Mary Ann O’Neil
Christmas Poem 2017