It always happens that this time of year,
Everyone is so full of love and cheer
We become generous and giving to those in need,
So willing and happy to do a good deed
Smiling at everyone we meet,
Neighborly to those who live on our street
Strange though, how after New Year's Day,
We no longer behave in the same caring way
We go back to thinking only of ourselves,
That spirit is packed away with ornaments on shelves
Charity and brotherhood are left there to die,
My question each year to you is.......Why???
— Elaine MacMullen, Meriden
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