Amy Rees Anderson

Tis the Month Before Christmas

 Tis The Month Before Christmas

Tis the month before Christmas, we’re all going nuts;
With so much to do, there’s no ifs, ands or buts.
Buy presents, hang tree lights, pop cards in the mail,
Send gift packs, thread popcorn, find turkeys on sale.

Decorations need stringing up all through the house.
And you haven’t a clue what to buy for your spouse.
School concerts, receptions, open houses with friends,
Long lineups, short tempers, tying up the loose ends.

With all our mad dashing, we’re reeling from shock;
Let’s stop for a minute and really take stock.
It’s crassly commercial, the cynical say;
If that’s true, that our fault-it’s us and not they.

Take time for yourself-though hard as that seems—
Enjoy your kids’ laughter, excitement and dreams.
Take a moment out now, don’t get overly riled,
Instead make an angel in snow with your child.

The shortbread can wait, and so can the tree;
What’s important to feel is a child’s sense of glee.
The holidays aren’t about push, rush and shove;
They’re for friendship and sharing and family love.

Hear the bells, feel the warmth, light up with the glow
Of a message first sent to us so long ago:
Peace, love and goodwill, and hope burning bright.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!                                 – unknown

We are only days away from Christmas now but I thought this poem served as a good reminder of what we should be focusing on at this time of year.  Spending the day home today, taking care of my daughter while she is laid up in her hosptial bed, was a great reminder of how nice it is to have quiet time to spend with your child.  May we all save enough time over this holiday to really enjoy our children or loved ones.  The memories we make will last far longer than any gift we give or receive.  So take time to make plenty of good memories this holiday!

~Amy

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