Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Comfort of Christmas


My family sits around the
dinner table, smiling and laughing,
talking happily & regaling one
another with stories of holiday's past,

& I stand in the kitchen, a waft of
scents and aromas float in and around
my body, wrapping me as if I were in a
soft, fluffy blanket of joy,

& I bumble about, stirring,
pouring, chopping, & then,
finally, plating the Christmas
dinner,

We eat & they rave about its
decadence - I beam with pride,

& then we all sit around a Christmas tree
to listen to the tale of Christmas, baby Jesus,
three wise men, & a sparkly star one clear-skied
night,

That is always when the moment freezes,
right there, just for me - it stops - as if to say
"this moment will never happen again, so drink it
in while you have it."

& I always do, for the presents are appreciated,
the dinner was a success, but the real comfort
comes in having my entire family
around me - as if I were the most beautiful
Christmas tree of all - and so I watch them,
drink them in - because by next year - who knows
where life will have taken us all,

But in that moment - I am comforted

13 comments:

  1. Enjoying the festivities with our near and dear ones indeed is very peaceful and comforting:)

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  2. because by next year - who knows
    where life will have taken us all

    How wonderful that you can already respect the fragility of time... you never know.

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  3. amen. i agree completely...its not so much the meal or the presents as much as it is the presence of each other, the being with and feeling loved.....

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  4. Christmas, a very special time indeed; i luv your poem; have a nice Wednesday


    much love...

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  5. Lovely, the best times are when we fell and express love with those we love. This is very nice.

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  6. Celebrating festival with family around is not only comforting but also enriching. These little actions, reactions add meaning to life and make it complete.

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  7. I do think there is something very comforting about celebrating traditional holidays with family. There is something about the familiarity of these days that gives a person a sense of peace & history as well. Beautifully penned.

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  8. I truly believe to live life's moments....with family is that much more special.

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  9. You catch the value and comfort of shared traditions given the impermanence of life.

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  10. beautifully comforting lines.....

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  11. Yes, there is so much comfort in that moment. And what a great reminder to savor them! Enjoyed this.

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  12. Have to agree - such a great feeling when the family can all be together!

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  13. Hi! It's such a nice feeling, as you say, to enjoy the holidays with ones loved. xxx Merry Christmas

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