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A Precious Christmas Gift
by Annabel Sheila
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My husband's parents, God bless them, were in their nineties and still living on their own....this poem describes how I saw them...their lifetime together and how precious each Christmas was to them in their twilight years....they're gone now, but never forgotten!


 

Faded tinsel from an ancient box too long in the attic,
Delicate glass ornaments; most of them still intact,
One screw missing from the old tree stand,
Red paint worn off most of the lights,
The fragrant scent of fir fills the little house.
She’s tired, but there’s a glint in her soft blue eyes.
With a heavy heart, she gently caresses
A paper snowflake, “To Mother With Love”
Uneven letters printed on the back.
Memories tug at her heartstrings.
Snowflakes dancing outside the window
The fireplace crackles softly
A faint hint of wood smoke in the room.
Squaring her shoulders, she presses play
On the old worn cassette player,
And Bing Crosby croons in the quiet room.
Smiling, she gently nudges her sweetheart,
White hair and beard, he looks like Santa!
“Come on, love, its Christmas Eve.”
Rising from his rocking chair, he grimaces,
The years have not been kind to his aching joints.
But this night is special to her, it always was.
Together, they decorate the four-foot tree.
It’s not much, but it’s all they need
And each decoration has captured a memory.
Mission accomplished, they step back.
The little tree sparkles in the warm glow
Of the cosy brick fireplace.
 “Merry Christmas, my love, it’s the best tree ever.”
Smiling, she kisses his wrinkled cheek.
He’s been saying those exact words for sixty years.
She fixes them some warm eggnog
While he stokes the fireplace.
Meeting in the middle of the sofa
He pulls a soft red afghan over their knees,
Soon they are wrapped in warm memories,
And counting their blessings
They silently exchange a precious gift –
Another Christmas together!
 

© Annabel Sheila

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Reviewed by Daniel Keith
This is one of the most beautiful poems I have read. Always and forever in love. May God bless you every day of your life.

Daniel
Reviewed by TONY NERONE
Awesome writing!


Namaste
Tony
Reviewed by Connie Faust
Annabel, this is as good as it can be! Such a heartwarming poem--the picture is so vivid, it seems real in my mind. Thank you for bringing such a loving, lovely remembrance to AD.
Connie
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
What a marvelous heartwarming piece, Annabel.
Reviewed by JMS Bell
ANNABEL...WITH YOUR WELL CHOSEN PHRASES...YOU'VE PAINTED SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SCENE HERE. THERE IS REALLY NOT MUCH MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID BECAUSE THE BOTTOM LINE IS; THIS IS REALLY WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT, ISN'T IT? FORGET THE GLITTER AND THE GLAMOUR OF CHRISTMAS. GIVE ME TRUE LOVE AND THE CELEBRATION OF THE 'GIFT' OF IT...ON A PERSONAL LEVEL...IT IS PRECIOUS AND PRICELESS. THIS IS A KEEPER. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS * FAITH...JOYCE*HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Felix Perry
Such wonderful warm memories of Christmases past that can only make one's mind wander back into our own treasure chests of mempories and love.
fee
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
So warm and cozy, Anna. I enjoyed reading this. Hugs,
Sheila
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Such a loving and respectful tribute replete with fond memories; thank you for sharing this apt and timely offering, Anna. Love and best wishes to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Christine Tsen
This is disarmingly beautiful and moving poetry, Anna ~
All the more touching because it is true!
Blessings,
Christine
Reviewed by Andy Turner
A write to delight. How happy and content such folk are.
Reminds me of my parents who've been married 60 years.
A most endearing poem of contentment.
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman
Annabel, this poem actually brought tears to my eyes. Wonderfuly stated. What a lovely and loving memory and how wonderful that these two loving, and lovely people spent those sixty years together and, that they also had a lovely and loving daughter-in-law to bring those sixty Christmas' to life.
Your friend, Mark
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