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Vail Daily column: ‘Twas time for a Christmas poem

Dr. Drew Werner
Dear Doc
Vail, CO Colorado

I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to write my medical articles for almost seven years now. During each of those years I have had written a Christmas poem. It is a chance to reflect on our good fortunes of health, family, friends and this beautiful place where we live. This year, having had the humbling experience of “being on the other side of the fence” as a patient recovering from surgery, it is even more special being home with family at Christmas.

‘Twas the night before Christmas with our family together

We are thankful for peace and our health and our beautiful weather.

It is the big things that remind us, but the little ones we should remember

To be thankfull all year through, not just in December.

The kids were downstairs, not quite ready for bed

Although visions of Christmas still danced in their heads.

For the opportunity to give is the rewarding part

Especially if it is not the money spent, but rather what comes from the heart.

Out on the lawn we heard such a clatter

It was not Santa and his reindeer, but friends and neighbors that really matter,

I couldn’t rush to the door for I am still moving a bit slow

But I am grateful and say thank you to my readers and all whom I know.

The moon glistened off the snow on our slopes

Giving all those who looked, hearts filled with hope.

Not just for the skiing or riding to come

But for a new day and a new beginning for each and everyone.

Not by accident do we enjoy any measure of good health

Anymore than that is how we have success or peace, friendship or wealth.

Take nothing for granted, it is too easy to want more

There are those who should love to have what we do, maybe even as close as next door.

So remember that Santa is more than a jolly old elf

He really represents what is inside of ourselves.

Work hard for your health, and in everything you do

And remember all those who work just as hard for you.

I wish each of you a wonderful Christmas and holiday season,

And hope you can celebrate for all the right reasons.

It is all about thanks, and unselfishly giving

That comes back around, making us feel how well we are truly living.

I hope you have the Merriest Christmas and a very happy and successful New Year.

Dr. Drew Werner is the vice chief of staff at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs and the Eagle County Health Officer. He lives in Eagle with his family. E-mail comments about this column to

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