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Without You On Christmas Day
Copyright George Papavgeris, December 2002

Mid morning every Christmas Eve we used to gather
It was the perfect way to start the holidays
We'd have a snack, and then we all would follow Father
And to the local just like children we would race.

And when we got back somewhat worse for wear and reeling
We'd laugh to see the driveway being full with cars
It might have been the beer, but I remember feeling
That there could not be a happier family than ours.
(chorus):
Because you were the ones that kept us all together
Though how you worked your magic none of us could say
Your blazing fire would drive away the coldest weather
What will we do now without you on Christmas Day?

We'd sit around the kitchen table in the evening
You'd get the trifle ready, and we'd peel the sprouts
Sometimes we'd sing and Father's voice would raise the ceiling
And windows shook with all our laughter and our shouts.

A glass of sherry, and a mince pie, and a carrot
For Father Christmas you would put there on the shelf
And you'd pretend you only did it for the children
But we all knew that it was really for ourselves.

Because you were the ones that kept us all together... etc

First thing next morning we would panic in the kitchen
Until we got the turkey safely "on the go"
And as we wished each other once more Merry Christmas
With love and pride both Father's eyes and yours would glow.

And when at last we'd sit around the Christmas table
We'd pull the crackers and we'd wear the silly hats
And we would praise you for the turkey and the pudding
But took for granted all the love you laid for us.

Because you were the ones that kept us all together... etc

Come Boxing Day we'd all disperse into our own worlds
And thank you both for one more perfect holiday
And we would hush the children, who were asking questions
About why Granny cried as we all drove away

And now we know that it's our turn to take the mantle
But we're not sure where to begin and what to do
The truth is that the gap you left no one can handle
And none of us can ever be another you.

Because you were the ones that kept us all together... etc

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