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.
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.
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