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Poem: 2000 Holiday Wishes

December 25, 2013

 

NOTE:  The following poem was the text of my Christmas card in the year 2000.  On this Christmas of 2013, I dedicate this poem to my grandniece Lanie’s wonderful daddy—my nephew Eric.

 

 

2000

 

Holiday Wishes!

 

by Alice Jane-Marie Massa

 

 

This holiday season,

 

            of all the cards that frame my door,

 

            there is one I like just a little more:

 

actually, I like it the very best–

 

            it far surpasses the Hallmark test!

 

 

While some cards are musical and contain a microchip,

 

            others picture Santa–ready for his yearly trip.

 

While some cards dazzle with golden print,

 

            others are fragranced with peppermint.

 

Some cards are sprinkled with silver script and snow;

 

            still other cards glitter with candles aglow.

 

A few include a recipe,

 

            and most contain a rhyme.

 

A few arrive a little late,

 

            but most are here on time.

 

 

However, not even a card by Currier and Ives could compare

 

            to this one–this holiday card

 

            created with loving care.

 

 

 

Some Christmas cards are scented with the sweet smell of pine;

 

            but then, there is this one–

 

            that is especially mine.

 

From Colorado, it came through the mail.

 

            So, why is it special?

 

It’s written in braille–

 

            slated well by my young nephew’s hand.

 

(He learned braille–not for himself,

 

            but for me, you understand.)

 

 

Through these years, how his hand around the stylus has grown!

 

Yet, with each passing season, I have certainly known:

 

            Eric’s embossing all from “A” to “Z”–

 

            these dots of Merry Christmas

 

            are his best gift to me.

 

 

May you and yours be blessed with the true and lasting gifts of Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Alice in Snowland—and Leader Dog Zoe, too

 

Post-script:  You are invited to return to this blog each Wednesday of the new year.  On January 1, 2014, please return to read a holiday short story entitled “Blissful Bells.”

 

December 25, 2013, Wednesday

 

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5 Comments
  1. You are certainly blessed with caring nephews; a tribute to the strong family ties that you share with Mary and Ric.

    • Fran–Many thanks for your comment. Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful holiday week! Alice

  2. Thank you for this heartfelt poem about Eric, Alice. I know that some day Lanie will appreciate reading your loving words about her daddy.
    Love, Mary

  3. Carole permalink

    This is one of my favorites, Alice! Holiday wishes to you and Zoe with love!

  4. Paula Lumb permalink

    Alice, what a wonderful poem and tribute to your exceptional nephew, Eric. What a gift of time, effort and love that he created (and learned) for you. How blessed you are by your family. Happy New Year! May good health and happiness be yours in the new year.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Paula

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