Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

A Soldier's Christmas Poem

Written by Marine Corps Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1986

‘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.

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

With medals and badges, awards of all kinds, a sober thought came through my mind. For this house was different, it was dark and dreary, I found the home of a Soldier, once I could see clearly.

The Soldier lay slee...


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