Poem of the Week: The Holidays Are Here!

The Holidays Have Returned!
November 19, 2017

The holidays have returned!
The holidays are here,
Here for us to enjoy,
Here for us to celebrate—
Celebrate with friends and family,
Celebrate with food and song,
Song after song on the radio,
Song after song ‘round the fireplace—
Fireplace well across from the tree,
Fireplace where the chestnuts pop,
Pop like edible firecrackers,
Pop like kettle corn.
Kettle corn and deviled eggs,
Kettle corn and cranberries on strings,
Strings of lights on the banister,
Strings of lights lining the entire house—
House that smells of turkey,
House that smells of fig pudding,
Pudding for guests,
Pudding for carolers.
Carolers—winter’s trick-or-treaters.
Carolers—the bards of the season—
Season of joy,
Season of remembering—
Remembering Jesus,
Remembering the babe in the manger—
Manger filled with hay,
Manger where the animals lay,
Lay sleeping ‘neath the starry sky,
Lay until the three wise men came,
Came with gifts for the young Messiah,
Came with frankincense, myrhh, and gold—
Gold that now decorates our homes,
Gold we now dig for from our wallets,
Wallets and purses.
Wallets never full enough,
Enough to help us purchase our party wares,
Enough to help us purchase our gifts,
Gifts for those we know,
Gifts for those we love.
Love is the theme of the season.
Love is the season’s reason—
Reason to exist,
Reason to remind us all,
All about the holidays,
All about the season’s spirit.
Holidays…
Spirit.

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First Poem of Christmas 2016: What Christmas Means

What Christmas Means
November 26, 2016

C
ranberries, turkey, and stuffing on the table,
Helping out the homeless, the ill, and the disabled,
Rings and streams of evergreen decking every hall,
Ink and paper wishing joy and comfort to one and all,
Stockings, bows, and twinkling lights hung with care,
Tunes of merry tidings playing everywhere,
Mending broken hearts, even if just for the season,
Aunts, uncles, and grandfolks over for one special reason,
Snow upon the ground making things crisp and serene…

All these things and more to me are what Christmas means.

*****

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Bonus Poem of the Week: One Week ’til Christmas

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays, readers!

No time for a long, drawn-out message here. I just wanted to share with you all a little something that I was able to whip up last night that I hope elevates people’s spirits, even if the title of this very poem is technically off by one day. Without further ado, then, here’s One Week ’til Christmas.

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One Week ‘til Christmas

December 16, 2012

 

We need a little Christmas, now so more than ever,

And yes, bringing such joy and cheer is indeed a great endeavor

To all the people in the world who celebrate Christmas Day,

But hey—all the more reason to get things underway,

So turn on your Christmas lights, put some carols on the radio,

Keep your fingers crossed for the chance that we might get snow,

Trim that Tannenbaum of yours, if you haven’t by now,

And deck your halls with holly ‘til all your housemates say, “Wow!”

Clean that chimney for ol’ Saint Nick, whip up some fruitcake batter,

Wrap up those last few presents of yours, for now’s the time that it matters.

Throw some logs in the fireplace and have your loved ones gather ‘round

To watch some Christmas specials such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

It’s one week ‘til Christmas, after all—no time to procrastinate,

So let’s fill the air with the Yuletide spirit before it’s too late.

The new year can wait ‘til next week, but right now’s the giving season,

So pass ‘round the eggnog and figgy pudding, for there’s no longer a reason

To hold back the practice of the lesson preached to us this time of the year.

We’ve one week ‘til Christmas, I say again, and we need some Christmas cheer.

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That is all. Until next time, then, dear readers, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays in general, and happy reading!

Regards,

Dustin M. Weber

 

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