The contributions come from thirty-one countries and the range of ideas and images sparkles like a box of brightly coloured jewels. I think each contributor has important things to say about Christmas and there is much to admire in the contrasts of styles and the personal views of the season. “Bethlehem” ,originally published in Verse-Virtual,is a poem that holds a special place in my heart so when I learned about this new submission call from Poets Unite Worldwide, I thought “Bethlehem” would be the poem to go into this anthology. Since I am going to Bethlehem this Christmas with the old calendar of Orthodox Christianity , I am wishing you all a Merry Christmas full of love, compassion, peace and humility. May the coldness in people’ s hearts thaw and terrorism stop. Guns and bullets may kill human bodies but they cannot kill the spirit. Blessings to all of you from Greece!