Merry Christmas

Live2writetoday posted a prompt for Christmas with the theme of Presents vs Presence. Still with kids at home, it is very much about both for us. Two offerings here about our Christmas events. One more focused on tradition; the things we do, the activities the kids expect. The second somewhat more whimsical.

Every Year
 
Tree, decorations and all Christmas thoughts
Must wait until Thanksgiving and,
More importantly, Son’s birthday have passed.
Then it is Mom unpacking, Dad with the lights,
All of us decorating the tree; Finding the perfect
Place for each ornament, remembering it’s history
And it’s true meaning to the one whose name is written on.
 
The Eve of the Birth, always quite busy;
A meal with friends and in-laws and the
Exchanging of gifts. Not as many this year,
But not nearly as important either.
Candles lit during the evening service,
One on the mantel for the Son gone too soon.
Home fairly early and settling in,
Pajamas are on and stories must be read;
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ followed by
Luke Two, first through twentieth verse.
 
The Day starts early as would be expected,
Kids watching the clock for the time appointed.
The moment of discovery still a delight,
For the parents as much as the child; perhaps
Even more so for seeing the knowing grateful
Glance from the teenage boy. Keeping the
Secret and enjoying the younger sister’s joy.
Home all day, never a plan or a place to go;
A big brunch on the table, extra seats to spare,
An open invitation for any that would share.
 
The perceived obligations of our youth
Become expectations to our children,
Which time turns to family traditions.
 
You Better Watch Out…
 
I think it all started
The day the tree went up….
The fighting seems to be less,
Something of a miracle
With girl of nine, boy thirteen.
It was subtle at first –
I hardly noticed –
Till I heard him offer a compliment,
Then two…. without being prompted.
They went running together yesterday,
And he let her keep up,
Then, when leaving for school
I heard ‘I love you’ from down their hall,
Followed by ‘love you too’.
I have not heard name calling or
Exchanged insults in days,
And just this morning
He took out the trash…
Without being asked,
And she fed the dogs.
In our hurrying to and fro
We almost missed one of
The greatest joys of the season –
Peace.
Seems it is not just the adults
That are getting prepared. 

©MarkWindham2011

To be honest, these would be a re-posting (kind of like re-gifting? 🙂 ). Both were posted previously at Poetic Bloomings for their weekly prompts.

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11 responses to “Merry Christmas

  1. I enjoyed both of these, Mark. And I agree, Christmas is about both presents and Presence. It makes me happy to know that traditions are carried on throughout the generations. These are the things that help to create and maintain family. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thanks for linking these to Write2Day

  2. Enjoyed these very much. It sounds like your family has a good balance of “presents and presence”. The second describing almost a miracle…siblings being loving to each other–at that age?!

    Have a lovely holiday season.

  3. The commercialism around Christmas makes it difficult not to miss that Peace you speak of in the second poem – wonderful when we find it in the midst of all the flurry.

  4. yeah, peace and thankfulness,

    lovely story.

  5. I love the last verse of your first poem, and the second poem – peace among children would be heaven this Christmas.

    Great writing…I enjoyed your words ~

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