So many of you asked us
(since Yule is drawing near)
"What do you want for Yultide?
What can we give this year?"
If we say, "We want nothing!"
You buy something anyway,
So here’s a list of what we’d like;
Believe now what we say:
Pajamas for a little child,
food to feed the poor.
Blankets for a shelter and
we ask but little more.
Perform good deeds and let us know
or volunteer your time.
These last are worth a fortune
and they need’nt cost a dime.
We have too many things now,
vases, candles, tapes and clocks.
We have our fill of garments too,
ties, underwear and socks.
Candy is too fattening, crossword
books we’ve more than twenty.
We don’t need trays or plates or cups,
and knicknacks we have plenty.
We’ve no walls to hang more pictures;
We have books we have not yet read;
So please take what you’d spend on us,
and help the poor instead !
Just send a Yuletide card to us
and tell us what you’ve done;
We’ll open them on Yuletide Eve
and read them one by one.
It won’t cost as much for postage
as a package sent would do,
You’ll need no wrapping paper,
Ribbons, ink or glue.
And we’ll thank the God and Goddess
you listened to what we had to say,
So we could be the instruments
to help someone this way.