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There are so many houses,

Adorned with Christmas lights –

They scarcely help to guide us

Through our busy holiday nights

Lovingly wrapped presents are

Placed beneath the tree, -

Excited little ones come and peek

To see what they can see

From gum drop garlands

To snow-capped eaves –

Gingerbread houses are sure

To please

But through all the joy, I

Still stop and look to our

Tables - one empty chair –

And my one and only Christmas

Wish is to have you still

Sitting there

Piergiovanni writes from North Cape May.

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