I came across this Christmas Poem written by a solider and wanted it to share it with family's who have someone serving in the Military and will not be together this Christmas.

As the rest of us sit down with family and friends this holiday it's important to remember those who are protecting our freedom and giving up the pleasure of being with their loved ones to serve our country....for that we say Thank You, and Merry Christmas wherever you are.

'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.

The Soldier Lay Sleeping, Silent, Alone, 
Curled Up On The Floor In This One Bedroom Home.

The Face Was So Gentle, The Room In Such Disorder, 
Not How I Pictured A United States Soldier.

Was This The Hero Of Whom I'd Just Read? 
Curled Up On A Poncho, The Floor For A Bed?

I Realized The Families That I Saw This Night, 
Owed Their Lives To These Soldiers Who Were Willing To Fight.

Soon Round The World, The Children Would Play, 
And Grownups Would Celebrate A Bright Christmas Day.

They All Enjoyed Freedom Each Month Of The Year, 
Because Of The Soldiers, Like The One Lying Here.

I Couldn't Help Wonder How Many Lay Alone, 
On A Cold Christmas Eve In A Land Far From Home.

The Very Thought Brought A Tear To My Eye, 
I Dropped To My Knees And Started To Cry.

The Soldier Awakened And 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.

The Soldier Rolled Over And Drifted To Sleep, 
I Couldn't Control It, I Continued To Weep.

I Kept Watch For Hours, So Silent And Still 
And We Both Shivered From The Cold Night's Chill.

I Didn't Want To Leave On That Cold, Dark, Night, 
This Guardian Of Honor So Willing To Fight.

Then The Soldier Rolled Over, With A Voice Soft And Pure, 
Whispered, "Carry On Santa, It's Christmas Day, All Is Secure."

One Look At My Watch, And I Knew He Was Right. 
"Merry Christmas My Friend, And To All A Good Night."


Written by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1986. Printed in Leatherneck (The Magazines for the Marines) in December 1991.