Post Christmas Pressies

#Christmas #Hidden #Sweets

7th January 2019

I received an extra present yesterday.

I’d been wandering what dad was going on about when he mentioned an extra present at the end of Christmas time

I’d enjoyed seeing the brightly coloured baubles on the Christmas tree, especially the new larger ones. They were twinkly inside. I just guessed they were part of the decoration

Time came and each of the baubles came off the branches of the tree

and Dad told me of his secret….The twinkly baubles actually contained SWEETS. The foil wrapping reflected the lights off the tree

and in one of the big round baubles , all coloured red was my special surprise – a bag of vanilla fudge.

Stop press….it’s not just my dear old dad hiding stuff in baubles. My provider of hot chocolate has been at it too…delivered on 7th January. so now there’s another metal bauble for the Christmas tree.

Discovery

Discover

I watched in awe as

the lights twinkled in the glow

of a winters moon

 

Cold air and Crisp Snow

gently drift on northern greens

painting the lawns white

 

Trees collecting snow

up high in their green branches

the evergreens trick

 

Church bells ring out – as

Rainbow coloured lights shine out

“A Joyful Christmas”

 

The Garden Christmas Tree

All dressed up, and nowhere to go
a tall high fern sits gathering the snow
collecting white stuff from branch to root
as flakes cover all things that are under foot

He’s had a haircut since last year
when he gave children some Christmas cheer
Birds are away, having flown west
So up in the tree he’s having a guest

A squirrel up high – is sleeping round snow
and under the leaves – a mouse is a go
collecting some goodies before he’s asleep
in his winter house a few twigs depth deep

And lights around tree – do cheer and inspire
those wassailers visiting houses in Christmas choirs
but best thing of all – the thing all enjoy
is the smile for the tree from the young girls and boys

Its not this time of year until….

It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

1. Festive lights on Trees outside every shopping centre in sight

Evidence for the defence….

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This is the Entrance of the Lowry outlet mall in Salford (Look it up guys, it’s my hometown. Situated next to Manchester – who like to get developers to subvert their name onto every other city / town in the Metropolitan Area)

 

2. Every large store has some sort of “Winter” Sale

This one is a biggie…as I write there’s five more days of NOVEMBER folks.  By the time we get to the week of Christmas itself – There’s going to be one hell of an Anti-climax.

3. Christmas Markets

I Actually like Christmas Markets…why we have to have them in November Heaven only knows, it still raised a smile seeing the Traditional stalls being set up in the streets (Haven’t opened yet – so there may be an image here later 🙂 )

4. There’s  Food you normally don’t buy in the rest of the year

As well as the usual Meat and Veg you see around this season, the nature of what is available is astounding.   Satsumas, Cranberries and all sorts of Flavourings – and that’s just for the stuffing.  You get all this in….and most of it (particularly those flavourings you sprinkle over the roasts to make them “especially crispy”) is still there two weeks after twelfth night.

One Good thing – Mince pies and Christmas Pudding…(though you can get plum pudding in the shops after Christmas day

5.  The Mad Rush

Today (Friday) was believe it or Not – Black Friday – where the world and his wife went bonkers looking for “Unbelievable” bargains.  I avoided Manchester city centre like a dose of the plague.  But I too, used to run around before 24th December in a mad rush to get the present everybody wanted…even if that meant I received three Christmas jumpers in return…This year – i’m pacing myself…running round causes too much stress…and we don’t need that now do we?

I’m just going to take it easy, pick out the stuff from my list of pressies i’m sending to santa and enjoy the rest of the holidays

A House is not a Home

Our House

This house stood
with its brothers side by side
an open window – letting a draft of air through
This empty shell

No one looked
at the empty shell
till one day – a little yellow car pulled up
and Dad arrived

He looked through
past the desolate halls
and saw something – beyond the bare brick walls
A shell ? No more

We painted walls
Cleaned up the space
Opened the windows – and brought air to the place
Mum Dad Sis and me – moved in at pace

Over time we added new things
a bed, bath, TV
In corner of garden – we planted a tree
which became home for the birds and occasional bee

And as time moved on – things they did change
Little sis moved south – at first that was strange
but now she returns with family in tow
handy when the big square of grass needs a mow

People may leave – but back they do roam
proving its not bricks that make house a home
From Easter in Spring and Christmas and New Year
its family all that makes life so dear.

Decorations

An Acrostic on Christmas Decorations

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Down from the loft stairs it comes, the family Christmas tree
Every year, the same routine never fails to disappoint
Children hang their favourite toy off the tree – with the aid of mum or dad
Old family baubles are joined by newer items
Round the Christmas tree they go – bringing colour and sparkle
Angel sits atop the tree (or sometimes a star)
Tinsel draped off every branch, finishes off the tree wonderfully
In the Well of the tree – is an ample space for Santa’s deliveries
On Christmas eve – the children leave a little something with their
Notes for father Christmas – and a carrot or two for the reindeer
Santa’s coming – and he’ll like our tree!