I've had my first Christmas in Heaven
A glorious wondrous day!
I stood with the saints of the ages
Who found Christ the Truth and the Way.
I sang with the heavenly choir,
Just think, I longed so to sing.
And, oh, what celestial music
We brought to our Savior and King.

We sang the glad songs of redemption.
How Jesus to Bethlehem came.
And how they had called His name Jesus
That all might be saved through His name.
We sang once again with the angels
The song that they sang that blest morn
When shepherds first heard the glad story
That Jesus the Savior was born.

Oh, loved one, I wish you had been here!
No Christmas on earth could compare
With all of the rapture and glory
We witnessed in Heaven so fair.
You know how I always loved Christmas.
It seemed such a wonderful day
With all of my loved ones around me,
The children so happy and gay.

Yes, now I can see why I loved it
And, oh, what a joy it will be
When you and my loved ones are with me
To share in the glories I see.
So dear ones on earth here's my greeting.
Look up till the day dawn appears
And, oh, what a Christmas awaits us,
Beyond all our partings and tears.

~Albert Simpson Reitz

I would like to thank Louise Tipton for sharing this poem with me when Mom passed away, Christmas of 1997. Just before Mom passed over, she described to me how beautiful it was "over there" and said that "they" were planning a big celebration and she would get to be there :) I know she had a wonderful celebration that year!