This song was first released on the A Christmas Together Album. It is the only album it has been released on. It is a poem.
Did you ever hear the story of the Christmas tree
Who just didn't want to change the show?
He liked living in the woods and playing with squirrels.
He liked icicles and snow.
He liked wolves and eagles and grizzly bears,
And critters and creatures that crawled.
Why bugs were some of his very best friends
Spiders and ants and all.
Now that's not to say that he ever looked down
On a vision of twinkled lights,
Or on mirrored bubbles and peppermint canes,
And a thousand other delights.
And he often had dreams of tiny reindeer
And a jolly old man in a sleigh
Full of toys and presents and wonderful things
And a story of Christmas Day.
Oh, Alfie believed in Christmas alright.
He was full of Christmas cheer
All of each and every day
And all throughout the year.
To him it was more than a special time,
Much more than a special day.
It was more than a special story, it was more than a beautiful story.
It was a special kind of way.
You see some folks have never heard a jingle bell ring
And they've never heard of Santa Claus
They've never heard the story of the Son of God
That made Alfie pause.
Did that mean that they'd never know of peace on Earth
Or the Brotherhood of Man
Or know how to love, or know how to give,
If they can't no one can.
You see, life is a very special kind of thing,
Not just for a chosen few,
But for each and every living, breathing thing
Not just me and you.
So when you're at Christmas prayers this year
Alfie asked me if I'd ask you
To say a prayer for the wind and the water and the wood
And those who live there too.
Words by John Denver
Lyrics taken from http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/j/john_denver/alfie_the_christmas_tree.html