for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
Peace on Earth, good will to men,
kind thoughts and words of cheer,
are things we should use often
and not just once a year.
Remember too the Christ-child, grew up to be a man;
to hide him in a cradle, is not our dear Lord’s plan.
So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near,
from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year!
—Norman W. Brooks, “Let Every Day Be Christmas,” 1976
Norm Brooks was born 1923 in New York. He married at age 18 and was called to serve for World War II around his 19th birthday but was given a brief extension so that he could see his twin babies be born before heading overseas. He and the family moved to Arizona in 1950 where he attended college then worked as a draftsman and design engineer. His hobbies were singing, playing piano, and writing poetry. He always rode his bicycle to work and ate peanut butter sandwiches every day. He passed away in 2002, survived by his loving wife, four daughters, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.