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Dreams of Christmas

24 Dec

Once upon a time, newly married, I spent a Christmas far from home for the first time. My husband and I had spent a lonely Thanksgiving on our own but decided we could not do the same for Christmas; we just had to splurge for those two plane tickets “back home” to celebrate Christmas with our families! I wrote a poem that year to include in all of the Christmas cards, illustrating how the holiday had changed for me but also what it meant to be going home for the holiday:

Dreams of Christmas

Memories fill us
  of Christmas’ past
Presents and wrapping,
  aside they were cast
 
Cookies and candy
  tales of delight
Knowing that Santa
  would visit that night
 
But what Christmas meant then
  is now slipping away
For we have no more toys
  nor red reindeer sleighs
 
We have not one stocking
  hung by the fire
Or plans of snow forts
  and wars to conspire
 
Still tossing and turning
  asleep in our beds
Instead of those sugar plums
  filling our heads
 
Our minds, they are dreaming
  in magical tones
For now they are full
  of just coming home.
 gift
These days we live much closer to “home”. When I’m feeling overwhelmed with all of the preparations, getting lost in the hustle and bustle, and feeling like traveling would just be too much after already having done it just a month prior for Thanksgiving; I remember that Christmas, once upon a time, when my dreams were filled with such excitement just to be going home.
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