Thursday, December 17, 2015

Family Tree

Family Tree

Take a look at your Christmas tree.
Is yours, like ours, a family history?
Bits of our lives adorn each limb,
scattered among the lights and trim.

Here's an ornament celebrating 
our first Christmas together.
It was such a cold day, with snowy, wintry weather,
but we were warm and cozy inside,
secure in the knowledge that our love would abide.

It wasn't long until our family grew.
We added baby's first Christmas ball in little boy blue.
In a few short years, we added another.
Another blue ornament for a little brother.

Next came handmade treasures
that were made at church and at school.
Bits of ribbon, paper, and glitter
became happy art marking each new yule.

Our hobbies and sports are there on the tree too,
along with the things we love and the things we do.
There are baubles to honor anniversaries and vacations 
that we fondly remember,
and all of these memories come back to us
when the tree goes up each December.

Fragile bits of blown glass from the old five and dime
remind us of another place and another time.
These were left to us by the previous generation. 
They give us reason for reminiscing and contemplation.

Symbols of our faith, are, of course, represented too.
Angels, shepherds, and stars remind us to give proper due
to the real reason for the season, 
the reason we gather around that family tree:
to celebrate the light and love given to us 
that began with the birth of the blessed Baby.

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My poetry book, Rainbow Chaser, is now available in ebook format for those who prefer reading on a Kindle, Nook, or other electronic device. It can be ordered from the sources below. Click on a bookstore name to be taken to that site. Thank you for ordering, and if any of you have the time and would like to leave a review of my book at the site where you purchased it, I would be extremely grateful. 

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE


BOOKLOCKER


ITUNES


KOBO



32 comments:

  1. Hi Connie, Such a sweet poem. I can read the words and picture the tree/ornaments in my mind. God bless you and your family this Christmas. I appreciate your blog friendship throughout the year!

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    1. Thank you, Mildred. I am so glad to know you through blogging. Wishing you and John the very best during this holiday season! :)

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  2. Such a heartwarming poem. Christmas is a beautiful time of the year. Have a lovely Christmas and a happy new year Connie. Love to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you, Sujata! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. :)

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  3. Those handmade treasures are the most valuable.

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    1. They really are precious to us. They capture a point in time of our sons's childhoods. Thank you for stopping by Haddock! :)

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  4. This is another sweet poem! We have ornaments made by the girls in the 70s. Most are getting very tattered and worn, but one, the treetop angel, goes up every time anyway. I guess I'm a Grinch this year, for I haven't decorated anything!

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte! Some of the ornaments here have seen better days, that's for sure. You could never ever be a Grinch. You are much too kind to be a Grinch. Merry Christmas to you! :)

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  5. excellent poem - it documents our tree too. Decorating a tree is like saying hello to old friends - handmade, pictures, etc. Travel ornaments are fun. Oh, so merry and bright. Cheers

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    1. Thank you, Joanne! Yes, decorating a tree is like saying hello to old friends. That's a great way to describe it. Wishing you the best this Christmas season. :)

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  6. How wonderful this poem is! Good luck with your book sales! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen! Merry Christmas and the best of the New Year to you and yours too! :)

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  7. Handmade hold the memories of a fun time. Kids are getting bigger and whenever we pull the handmade things out we crack up laughing about how and when they were made. Happy weekend Connie.

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    1. Thank you, Nikki! Those handmade ornaments all tell a story. Many of them make me laugh too. Happy weekend to you too! :)

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  8. Beautiful poem. I love how the tradition in so many hearts is to decorate their trees with ornaments one has collected through time. Your poem reminds me of those ornaments still packed away (instead buying ornaments now at the dollar store to put on my little trees). I've so enjoyed reading your book. And so it goes - and so it goes - another football day tomorrow..sigh.

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    1. Thank you, Sandy! I'm so glad you are enjoying my book. Good luck with the football day. I can certainly sympathize. Maybe it will give you a chance to do more sketching or go for a walk. :)

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  9. Feliz Natal!!! Que a manjedoura do seu coração esteja pronta para receber o Menino Jesus que irá nascer!!!
    Um ano novo repleto das bençãos de Deus!!!
    Doce abraço com carinho, Marie!

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    1. Thank you, Marie! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas. :)

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  10. Connie this is beautiful and so true... I can pick up an ornament and it takes me back to another time... and a lovely reminder what the season is really all about...Merry Christmas ♡♡♡

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  11. I love this poem. You do a wonderful job capturing how meaningful the old ornaments are that hang on our Christmas trees each year.

    I started reading your book. Beautiful job, lady!

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  12. Love your poem , Connie.
    Warmest congrats on your book, wonderful news!

    Merry Christmas ....

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  13. Old, handmade ornaments are the sweetest. This poem does well to capture the true spirit of Christmas.

    Merry Christmas, Connie, and thank you for your supportive words.

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  14. What a sweet poem! I needed some extra Christmas spirit.

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  15. Another beautiful poem, Connie! Congrats again on your book, and it's exciting that it's available on Kindle too! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

    Julie

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  16. Sweet poem, Connie. Yes, indeed, my tree is adorned with memories of the past. I wouldn't have it any other way. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  17. Again you captured the Christmas tree spot on. I am patiently awaiting Booklocker to print my book, lol. I didn't realize when I ordered it they were going to print it. Wishing you and your family a beautiful Christmas. Love to you, LJ

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  18. Love this poem so much. My tree is covered with many keepsakes and memories. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  19. Connie, your poem caused memories to flood in. Merry Christmas to you and your family. More cookie baking on my blog... a minor disaster.

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  20. Thank you so much for your kind comments and wishes. Wishing you all the best during this joyous season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

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  21. A wonderful poem. Yes the ornaments bring back sweet memories.

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  22. You are so right about the tree ornaments. Each year when we bring them out of the boxes I am reminded of so many things in our past, so many joyous times. Beautiful poem.

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  23. Thank you, Karen and Kathy! I hope you both had a happy Christmas. :)

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