Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas, 2013

I’m glad to have dime store Santas and plastic reindeer
To remember from my long-ago childhood,
With memories of cedar trees plucked from pastures
Shedding spiny needles on waxed hardwood floors.
I’m glad to have eaten large family dinners with shaking Jell-O salads
And Depression glass bowls filled with olives, the real star of the meal.
I’m glad to have worn rubber boots closed with elastic frogs
That failed to keep frigid cold from my childish legs
As I walked into Midnight Mass on starry nights under shadowy skies
Where not a single cloud bothered suppressing warmth from earth.
For without these memories what would Christmas be now?
Blaring canned music, multiple Santa Claus men at every store in town,
Sometimes sitting under forgotten suspended Halloween masks.
Now trees are decked out in color-coordinated glass balls
Costing the same price as a pair of chic designer shoes.
Gifts, gifts, gifts and commercialism galore.
No, without my memory of those simpler times when
Father Christmas sat among a flickering candle or two,
When paper chains and paper straw stars rested proudly
On tree limbs among tawdry silver tinsel strands,
I would be lost among the glimmer and glitz
Of today’s furry fat Santas and cold commercialism.

                                   Merry Christmas!


Sioux said...

Claudia--"Cold commercialism" That says it all.

Happy holidays to you as well.

BECKY said...

Oh my gosh, Claudia...this is just beautiful, in a bittersweet sort of way. You've captured it all and shared your lovely Christmas memories with us. Thank you! Merry Christmas!

Rebecca said...

Well done! You sure combined a lot of memories for a lot of us into one, memorable piece of poetry!

Merry Christmas to you and "yours"!

Linda O'Connell said...

This post has such meaning, especially for those of us whose trees still hang heavy with paper ornaments made by children and grandchildren when they were small.

It is the simple things that mean the most to me. Merry Christmas, Claudia.