Tuesday, December 19, 2006

An Xmas Request

My blogging buddy Lisa asked me to put up a poem here that I sent to her. It was an Xmas poem that I'd written many years ago. Although a bit dated, it's mostly accurate so far as our family's Christmases.

It's December again with a sharp nip in the air
And the shopping ads warn 'not a moment to spare.'
You run hither and yon, so is your mission
To find the right gift, such is tradition.

It comes and it goes too fast to think
Of why it is we raise such a stink.
Baking and cooking and wrapping till weak
Searching malls and toy stores, shops and boutiques.

But when I do pause to remember years past,
When our kids believed in Santa Claus last,
There were big family parties in rented dance halls
And looking for hoofprints in Christmas snowfalls.

Cutting a tree after a ride in the snow.
Then warming yourself by the fire's warm glow.
Grandpa gave treats to the grandkids himself.
With a wink of his eye, he looked like an elf.

Christmases now aren't like Christmases then.
Even the eve's midnight mass starts this year at ten.
And the big family party has been put to bed,
Now that grandma's near ninety and grandpa is dead

Closed is the farm where we cut the scotch pine.
They hope to be back, they say when we whine.
I'm hoping our kids when grown can remember.
The real fun that can come in December.

Pinatas and contests and carols and games
Playing with cousins and recalling their names.
Forget all the gifts and the presents, I'm wishin'.
Cherish the good times. Be that your tradition.

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely poem....brings back so many good memories...thanks for sharing it with us. :) And a Merry Christmas to you and your family from 'Down Under'.

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still as good as ever Dave, A very Merry Christmas to you and yours my friend.

Looks like I'll have to rescue you from my MIA section, good thing too.

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still as good as ever Dave, A very Merry Christmas to you and yours my friend.

Looks like I'll have to rescue you from my MIA section, good thing too.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still as good as ever Dave, A very Merry Christmas to you and yours my friend.

Looks like I'll have to rescue you from my MIA section, good thing too.

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still as good as ever Dave, A very Merry Christmas to you and yours my friend.

Looks like I'll have to rescue you from my MIA section, good thing too.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Nice poem Dave..... As long as I can remember we used to go to my Grandmothers on Christmas Eve for a big family party. When Grandma died about 10 or more years ago, we continued the party till my dad died six years ago. I hardly see that side of the family now. Last time I saw them was at my Aunt Margarets funeral a year ago this month. It's a real shame because I used to love it. Those family memories really are important....

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

9:25 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Dave,

Well, you know how I love that poem. I just read it to my husband, it is really witty...I feel really bad, but I always laugh at the part where you talk about Midnight Mass and your grandparents...the delivery is great!

In case I don't see you on any blogger comments, Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Take good care,
Lisa

9:42 PM  
Blogger Kacey said...

Merry Christmas to Dave,
Full of wisdom and wit.
We're all so happy
He's back writing a bit.
I'm hoping your Christmas will be full of fun.
This comes from Ohio,
Where we're # 1!

Go Bucks!

Sorry Dave, I couldn't resist. Have a wonderful Christmas --- thanks for a fun post.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous squirrel said...

Merry Christmas Dave!!! Great poem! Glad to have you blogging again!

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Terri said...

This was really good and I enjoyed it a lot! And oh so true....somehow, most people have lost all the good memories of years ago at this time of year. So your poem is very timely.
Wishing you and Wendy a very old-fashioned, traditional, Christmas!

2:53 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Love the poem Big Dave...absolutely love it! That's the kind of stuff I want! ;)

Ciao for now...and enjoy the Holidays!

10:47 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Loved it, Dave. Well done.

Merry Christmas to you and the family.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous kristy said...

Merry Christmas, Dave! Love ya!

9:02 AM  
Anonymous schnoodlepooh said...

Very nice poem. I remember those christmases. Those were the best. Merry christmas to you and your family.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Nankin said...

Glad to see you back Dave. I always enjoy your wit and humore.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Bernadette said...

Merry Christmas, Dave! I would wish you a Happy New Year, but the Trojans are bound to ruin your first day of 2007, so I'll just hope you can cherish the good times of almost beating Ohio State.

8:02 PM  
Blogger poopie said...

Merry Christmas and Happy 2008 Dave!

10:30 AM  
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