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Christmas In Kentucky
by Joyce E Bowling

Friday, December 01, 2006
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As I prepare for Christmas this year, here in the mountains of Kentucky...I find myself recalling the many wonderful holidays that our family shared, they were simple...yet memorable and meaningful.

Christmas in Kentucky

Christmas in Kentucky,
how we eagerly awaited this wonderful season,
a holiday filled with family and friends
mommy would always work hard to make it last,
as we were her reason.
Those days are from a time gone by,
those were Christmas’s of the past…
A special time that came but once a year
welcomed with eyes of anticipation.
Watching with excitement while out of the closet they came, boxes of treasured decorations.
Our hearts raced with joy for we knew that Christmas was near.
A tree that appeared to a child larger than life
filled with an assortment of ornaments from years past,
no particular theme or design,
yearly ornaments were each claimed by a child as mine.
Carefully handed for us place upon the tree
from the loving hands of our mother so others may see.
Snowmen were made in our front yard,
using small pieces of coal for his eyes
upon his head proudly we placed one of Papaw’s old gray hats.
We’d gather to watch our favorite Christmas cartoon,
with a pan of homemade caramel corn
made with the stirring of mom’s own spoon,
in front of the old black and white television happily we sat.
The scent of cinnamon and turkey would fill our house,
as we awaited a dinner we called "the feast."
Opening our special present that mommy had bought,
filled with love and always much careful thought.
Playing till bedtime and often after,
the smiles on our face allowed mommy to know,
with our gift we were pleased.
Sleep came easy after much socialization
and a midnight snack we ate,
turkey and second helping of dessert,
and finally to bed very late.
Those traditions were handed down for her children each,
as we still celebrate today
much similar to mommy’s way.
Carrying on the tradition of Christmas in the mountains,
where we instill the value of family,
for our children and grandchildren we reach.
Filled with gestures of sentimental value,
and warm invitations for all on Christmas day…
silently portraying our love for you mommy
as your inherited traditions continue to say.

Written By: Joyce Bowling
Copyright December 2006
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Reviewed by jude forese 12/10/2006
in this poem you have encompassed the characteristic moments that make christmas time a special time of year ... the sentiment are imagery are heartfelt, real and emdody a specific message that love endures in the heart of a family not only on chritmas time but throughout the year ...

outstanding poem!
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 12/10/2006
You may be in Kentucky, Joyce, but you have rekindled for me the many happy similar memories of Christmas with my farming folks when a child in Somerset, too. It may be the ONLY day of the year when extended families still make the effort to get together in our far-spread, fast-paced modern lives, but usually the experience of the "bonding" and sense of identity that comes with it gives us something to hold onto for the next 364! Wonderfully encapsulated. TY K xx
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/10/2006
Thank you for sharing these precious memories and the ambiance they recall, Joyce. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by David Thompson 12/10/2006
What a wonderful write! And I could feel the rhythm of your heartbeat in every line. Thank God for Christmases gone by and for people such as you--ones who can tickle our thoughts about the way things used to be. Oh, how I long to see those days once again. Yet somehow, you have managed to transport me there once more. Your words are like fine silver and gold.
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 12/9/2006

"Christmas In Kentucky"
Oh My Old Kentucky Home~I rememeber it just like you spoke.
The simple ways and yet they are all magnificent and always remembered. We passed down these similiar sentimental ways to our daughter....the anticipation, and the fulfillment never fails. Most of all the abundance of love that continues to pour and pour in, and through, and out of the heart~Oh such love to share from the Holy Spirit!

Thank you Joyce for sharing this wonderful memmory,
From the Heart of an Artist Quiet Storm
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 12/9/2006
What lovely remembrances you have penned here! Each one an heirloom to be treasured and to be shared...) I enjoyed this very much!

Reviewed by richard cederberg 12/8/2006
Another delightful write Joyce ... you truly are a one of a kind gem. I had to eat a Snickers after I read this. (-:

Light and Wisdom ...
Richard Lloyd Cederberg
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 12/8/2006
Our childhood memories of Christmas are heavenly; Christmas seen through the eyes of a child is delightful. I wish I could experience my childhood Christmases again...oh, what joy...what anticipation...Christmas plays about the Nativity ... going to church with Mom and Dad and my siblings...singing Christmas Carols... Precious!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas memories, Joyce. Here's wishing you a safe and happy one this year.

God Bless
Love, Lena
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 12/7/2006
Wonderful Christmas spirit!
Merry Berry to you and yours.

Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 12/6/2006
Oh Joyce, you bring a lump to my throat..

You should be doing a Nostalgia Magazine of your own! Your poetry is respendent with images and sounds, colors and scents.....and true, deep-down, God-fearing, love of family and country.
Thank you for sharing your precious gift.

A Very Merry Kentucky Christmas to you & yours, Joyce!
Love&Blessings, Rhonda
Reviewed by Miss Pandora 12/6/2006
Helping to keep it alive with this one Joyce...just beautiful, capture much in imagery, emotion and wonderful memories. Just lovely. Love Panda :)
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 12/5/2006
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 12/4/2006
mmm...a wonderful memory of your Kentucky Christmas...filled with love and sentiments....thank you Joyce
Reviewed by Constance Gotsch 12/4/2006
This is indeed universal. Sounds like Christmas in Illinois to me, except we probably had colder weather.
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 12/4/2006
It's hard to beat the old family recipe of tradition...wonderful memories Joyce...I even recognized a few from my own home.
Love, Taylor
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 12/3/2006
Great Christmas poem! You took me there...

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 12/3/2006
It is so good to read a poem with the true Christmas spirit within it. In this day and age where the secularists want to crush this beautiful day, thank you for keeping it alive.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 12/2/2006
Thank you for sharing your memories with us :-)
Reviewed by K. Mulroney 12/2/2006
Those were the days, sounds like a great home to be in at Christmas, great poem!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/2/2006
Great offering...thanks for sharing!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 12/2/2006
How abfab divine, has that cosy fireside feel and tangable smell...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/2/2006
Ah, you make me yearn for the wonderful Christmases of the past, Joyce. And I hope this Holiday is a blessed one for you.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 12/1/2006
I am not from the south, but I do admire the traditions brought about, and the warmth that comes from so many of the people including yourself this is a beautiful write
God Bless
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 12/1/2006
How traditions are being trampled underfoot these days. Progress, they say. But in reality those were the days. Victor
Reviewed by J M 12/1/2006
This is so wonderful to read Joyce it gives one a feeling of comfort, family, warmness in this holiday season. Families with Values would help the world today.

Thanks for sharing this gem,
God Bless Joselyn
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 12/1/2006
This is so warm and inviting...thank you for sharing the lovely traditions of your family with us Joyce...I feel like I know you better by reading this piece. And, I appreciate your wonderful reviews of my work too. It's a joy to read such glowing words. Blessings and hugs, Michelle
Reviewed by CJ Heck 12/1/2006
I love your writings, Joyce -- such a warm and loving style and always so family oriented which brings my own memories flooding to the surface. This is so tender and touching and through your beautiful imagery and words, your childhood comes alive for your readers to share.
Love and much respect,
Reviewed by Connie Faust 12/1/2006
Ah, the wonderful traditions of our youth!
I love having some of those original ornaments. They are treasures, even the strange-looking foam bell my Mom trimmed with some shiny metallic stuff. I will never part with them.
Really enjoyed your reminiscence of Christmas in Kentucky.

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