Together For Christmas

INTRO: It’s just wonderful to enjoy Christmas day all together in one place. But even the best plans can be turned upside down. Christmas Day can present challenges in getting the family together or getting along with everyone who has been invited. We want the day to run smoothly and happily on this special day of the year. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t. That’s family life – full of pleasant surprises and challenges. 

Christmas Day can prove messy for some families. Whether it be due to work commitments, divorce, loss of a loved one, or lack of money to buy gifts. But we continue with our plans as best we can in the circumstances that we are in at the time. Cause that’s what families do. Beverley Joy.


AUDIO – Together for Christmas

Another Christmas comes and goes

Our family spread from Coast to Coast

We’ll share Christmas lunch in Australian style

Cold drinks, salad, and deserts in the summertime.


My brother and wife, we don’t see them much

As they live a ten-hour drive away

But we’ll eat and chat when we catch up

This Christmas Day together in one place.


Mum’s ill health and operations

Dad’s knees are weak and keep failing him

They’re growing old and we must accept

This Christmas may be the last one we share with them.


Our children are healthy and busy

They live independent, spread throughout the city

But, Christmas Day, we’ll relax and enjoy their company

And remember when we had such youthful energy.


The grandkids run about and play

With Christmas presents, they have received

Their childish chatter, smiles, and cries

Keep the adults attentive to their needs.


Christmas Day can be perfect or messy

Satisfying or disappointing, memorable, or forgettable

Either way, tradition draws families together

To share the day, each family in their unique way.

Beverley Joy © 2018 of Simply Story Poetry. All Rights Reserved.

Why not listen to my other poem about Family Christmas: Far Away For Christmas and my poems about gift-giving: A Hug is Priceless, The Best Gift to give is You and A Mirror Reflect What You Can Give.

You can listen to all my poems on several podcast platforms here

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