Lauren Gallegos sent in this cute illustration that rings so true. She is a Children’s Book Illustrator who was featured on Illustrator Saturday: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/illustrator-saturday-lauren-gallegos/ www.Laurengallegos.com Twitter: @laurengallegos
Here are two holiday poems. More tomorrow and Christmas Day. Voting will start on Friday.
The Tasting Tree
By: Robin Jordan
Busy hands stained juicy, red.
Berries strung. Needle ‘n thread.
Draped around a fragrant pine
Over, under branches fine.
Popcorn seeds shake, shake, shake, then
Burst into a snowy flake.
Loosely sewn all in a row
On the festive tree they go.
Vanilla scents thrill the nose.
Cookies tied with shiny bows
Sprinkles shimmer, precious gems
Dot the sweeping verdant stems.
Shepherd crooks, a sweet delight
Twisted stripes. Some red, some white.
Candy canes hung by their hook
Help create a gleeful look.
My tasting tree’s now complete.
Leaving Santa lots to eat.
Working hard all through the night
Must stir up his appetite!
The above illustration was done by Mark Meyers. He was featured on Illustrator Saturday in 2012. Here’s the link. https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/illustrator-saturday-mark-meyers/
Christmas Movies and Meaning
By Hally Franz –
On the Twelve days of Christmas I hoped I could see,
The classic holiday movies I’d missed on TV.
So many favorites make me smile, laugh, and cry,
But the days left for watching are flying right by.
Day one, I will start with some time spent with Clark,
Though his house was lit well, he was left in the dark,
‘Bout what grand or glum bonus would come his way,
And what crazy cousin Eddie would do that last day.
Day two, it’s time for a freckle-faced kid,
And the tale of what the two robbers did.
Left all alone, but helpless he’s not,
For few have the tricks clever Kevin has got!
Day three, I must visit a lodge in Pine Tree,
For Vermont is a lovely white place one should be,
On lyrical holidays with Danny and Bing,
Engagements and soldiers, all the songs they will sing.
Day four is saved for a swelling single dad,
Who put on the suit and left the life he once had.
Shaving and gaining, graying and growing,
He flew to the North Pole where elves he’s employing.
On day five, I’ll enjoy a sugary treat,
A Caan-Ferrell combo is one hard to beat.
Jovie leads carols, gets Santa’s sleigh off the ground,
In a place folks think no Christmas cheer can be found.
From sweet to a sneak on day six, I will go,
When I watch the green guy with the heart yet to grow.
He seemed determined to ruin Christmas for young Cindy Lou,
Until Dr. Seuss taught him a lesson compliments of the Whos.
By seven I travel across the pond to hear,
Tales of Mark and Daniel and Bridget dear.
Their accents are lovely, their troubles quite mad,
The kiss in the snow leaves me a Colin Firth fan.
Now when on day eight, loves turns to divorce,
It’s time for “delousing babies in Burma,” of course.
Though they try to avoid crazy families, they find,
Even spray cheese and spending limits are better than “lies.”
Though Peter B. helped produce my selection above,
He’s rabbit-costume-hating Ralphie in one we all love.
On day nine it’s Red Ryder BB guns and lady-leg lamps,
Frozen tongues, broken glasses, and little guy scamps.
My nostalgic mood continues on ten,
When I’ll watch my old black-and-white friend.
George questions himself and thinks his life’s been a waste,
Clarence reveals he’s made Bedford Falls a fine place.
Dickens’s story, reincarnated has been,
But, any version works fine on day eleven.
Visions and dreams appear as in our story above,
Unlike good-guy George, Scrooge must learn how to love.
Day twelve is reserved for one from way back,
A short film of a child and the love he did lack.
A poor boy he has only his drum he can play,
For the newborn king on that most glorious day.
Thank you, Hollywood, for movies we enjoy year after year,
For stories of love, life, and lessons held perennially dear.
But, if one studies the list, I think you will find,
Few of the flicks bring the true meaning to mind.
The most known films are sweet and funny, it’s true,
But fail to bring Mary, the manger, and Jesus in view.
Tinsel Town, try addressing man’s internal crave,
And, give us more to see about the son that He gave.
It’s a story that’s true, compelling, and brave,
Of One born to die, our sinning souls to be saved.
Consider my list, along with my request,
While I reveal answers to the above test.
“Christmas Vacation” should not be spent “Home Alone,”
Unless it’s a “White Christmas” and you’re talking by phone.
But, then “The Santa Clause” and his “Elf” won’t find you around,
If in spite of “The Grinch that Stole Christmas” down the chimney they bound.
If left stranded deep in snow read “Bridget Jones’ Diary” for fun,
Are remember “Four Christmases” are rarely better than one.
Tell “The Christmas Story” for one or all who are near,
Be thankful “It’s a Wonderful Life” whether you’re there or you’re here.
Sing “A Christmas Carol” or two with joy in your heart,
And, one called “Little Drummer Boy” is a great way to start.
Blessings to all at this Christmastime,
And, thank you for reading my ramble-ing rhyme.
In summary, I say watch those movies we love,
But save time for the Savior sent from above.
This was sent in by Margo Sorenson. She doesn’t know who wrote it, but it is a very well-known poem in Hawaii.
“Da Night Bafo Christmas” Was da night bafo’ Christmas, and all ova’ da place,
Not even da geckos was showin’ their face.
Da stockings was hangin’ on top da TV
(‘Cause no mo’ fireplace in Hawai’i )
Da kids stay all crashed, my old man too.
They leave all da work for you-know-who.
So me, I stay pickin’ up alla dea toys,
When – boom! – outside get only big noise!
I run to da window, I open ’em up,
I stick out my head and I yell, “Eh! Whassup?!”
And then, I no can ba-lieve what I seen!
Was so unreal, you know what I mean?
This fat haole guy get his reindeers in my yard!
And reindeers not housebroken,
you know, as’ why hard!
But nemmind, this Christmas,
so I cut ’em some slack.
Plus, had uku pile presents pokin’ outta his sack!
So I wait ’till he pau tie up his reindeer,
Then I yell out da window,
“Huui! Brah, ova hea!”
An’ I tell ’em first thing,
when I open da door,
“Eh, Hemo your shoes! You going dirty my floor!”
He take off his boots, he tell, “You know who I am?”
I go, “Ho! From the smell, must be Mr. Toe Jam!”
He make mempachi eyes and he go, “Ho, ho, ho!”
By now, I stay thinking this guy kinda slow!
He look like my Tutu, but little less weight,
And his beard stay so white, mo’ white than shark bait!
He stay all in red, specially his nose,
And get reindeer spit on top his nice clothes!
But him, he no care; he just smile at me,
And he start fo’ put presents unda-neath da tree.
I tell ’em, “Eh, brah, no need make li’dat,
And watch where you step! You going ma-ke da cat!”
Then, out from his bag, he pull one brand new computah,
Choke video games, and one motorized scootah!
He try for fill up da Christmas socks too, But had so much pukas,
all da stuff went fall troo.
When he pau, I tell ’em, “Eh Santa, try wait!
I get plenty leftovahs, I go make you one plate!”
But he nevah like hang, he had so much fo’ do;
Gotta make all them small kids’ wishes come true.
So I wave ’em goodbye, and I flash ’em da shaka,
And I tell ’em, “Mele Kalikimaka!”
When he hear that, he stop…and I telling you true,
He go, “Garans ball-barans! Merry Christmas to you!”
Thank you Hally and Robin for sending in your December poems. I will post a couple more tomorrow and a few on Christmas, then you can vote on Friday. Please stop back an vote for your favorite Holiday poem. Have a Merry Christmas.