Take a quart of joy and gladness,
A peck of folk and kin--
A dash of Christmas spirit
And toss some laughter in.
Take a large amount of giving,
And spread it generously;
Read directions in the Good Book
And apply them carefully.
Garnish well with human kindness,
On crystal leaves of cheer,
And you'll have a batch of Christmas
to last the coming year.
There's no author attributed to this little poem, but a short Internet search leads me to believe that this might be taken from an Ozark mountain folk song. Interesting!