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Holiday Poetry: Our Greatest Present: A Poem for the Season

Tim Truzy is a poet, short-story author, and he is currently working on several novels.

Trimming the Christmas tree is often a favorite holiday activity.

Trimming the Christmas tree is often a favorite holiday activity.

Of Christmas, Uncertainty, and Cancellations

Without question, Christmas is one of the most festive holidays around the world. People gather and exchange gifts. Songs are sung and food is devoured. Shopping is robust, and we decorate with a fervor from infrequently doing so all year round. We address uncertainty and cancellations with good cheer, mostly lacking for us the majority of the last twelve months. Indeed, the holiday has a poetic flair to it.

In writing poetry, we also work with the positive and negative of life. Particularly, poets may use “cancellations” to bring together two opposing concepts to reach for something new. These are truths which may have been hidden in the snowy shadows, meeting to produce something original in the light. Although some scholars argue the greatest impact of poetry is to help the reader obtain a state of uncertainty through the written verse, I shy my writing gifts from that tree. Perhaps this is because after one obtains a level of uncertainty, stability is still not within grasp. I prefer poetry focused on meaning and clarity, giving the reader some assistance in contemplating the truth within the lines.


Ten Examples of the Poetic Technique of Cancellation

Nevertheless, neither approach utilizing uncertainty nor ones focused on meaning can claim victory in this debate because everyone has varying degrees of emotional intelligence; all poetry does not “fit” all readers. We all have presentations we can make, contributing to a celebration of literature. To such an extent, below I’ve provided ten original examples of the use of cancellation, followed by a poem about the Yuletide season. If you enjoy this poem, positive comments are welcomed:


  • Moon rising hearts sank
  • Moving backward to forward my faith
  • Drowning desert heat dry perspiration
  • He stood to fall for her
  • Suffocating breathing deeply
  • Departed without leaving
  • Void filled with nothing
  • Everything is nothing
  • Incomplete pieces of parts
  • An original copy

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People scurry through the malls looking for gifts to place under the Christmas tree.

People scurry through the malls looking for gifts to place under the Christmas tree.

Our Greatest Present

Malls meander mindful of customers,

Mapping the next great price sink shopping stock,

Plastic trees lighted limbs brushing ceiling,

Electric cords roots giving shoppers shock.

Skyrmions whirling pulling toward light,

Not to be located on highest shelf,

Bundled to find the best of all presents,

Today improving old lethargic self.

Letting buyers purchase man-made waking dreams,

Bought from boxes traditions decorate,

A tree grew from my childhood to my house,

Glance upon branches quiet heart to escape.

What was it like? Stable cold and dreary,

Those wise men noble purely kind,

Presents and past His Holy tiny feet,

Angels rejoice birth scene tranquil Divine.

“He is born to little fanfare from men!

This is original!” angels proclaimed,

“Sin has lost power on this Earth!

“He is born to eradicate their old shame!”

Miracle managed in manger mellow,

Shepherds and sheep bidding greetings to Him,

Glory clothed in flesh Holiness of God,

Ferns whispering reverent every stem.

Shepherds and their flocks are important in the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Shepherds and their flocks are important in the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Plants and animals knew gift from Heaven,

Blackest night shrinking before this display,

Radiant shade of Illumination,

Starlight embracing moon beholding new day.

Even scavengers shuddered at their scores,

So it was then; now, it is still to be,

Redemption not found through shops’ Bethlehem,

Celebrate pagan symbols hang on trees.

Some argue His cross was Roman sapling,

Granted gift men immortal Salvation,

Of design crucified mankind’s last chance,

Dark to bright the Kingdom our station.

Was Joseph unique for His purpose?

Was Mary extraordinary, my Lord?

From straw to pardon criminal nearby,

Love and Truth ultimate defeating swords.

Carols, candy canes, cousins in costumes,

Sing noel loading toys and groceries,

Present more than any made holiday,

Birth of Christ our gift rejoicing free.

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Interesting Facts About Christmas Around the Globe

  1. About 80 percent of Americans will display Christmas trees in their homes, according to a survey by the American Christmas Tree Association. Most of those will be of the synthetic variety. Placing decorated Christmas trees in the White House was initiated by First Lady Jackie Kennedy in 1961, but having holiday trees in the residence of the President goes back to the 19th-century. The first artificial trees for Christmas appeared in Germany during the 1800s.
  2. The Christmas Log, which may be made of wood, is important during the holiday season for people living in Catalan and Aragonese households. Called the Tió de Nadal, children are encouraged to keep the log warm in order for it to “defecate” presents on Christmas Eve. However, approximately 160 countries celebrate the holiday with various traditions. In some countries, December 25 is designated as “Family Day.”
  3. In Australia, a popular holiday tune involves six white kangaroo pulling Santa’s sleigh. In Wales during the Christmas season, the tradition of The Mari Lwyd has to do with groups of individuals carrying around a horse skull at parades and going to people’s homes. The term "Mari Lwyd" may refer to the Virgin Mary, but some scholars think it actually comes from “grey mare.” In Central European folklore, Krampus is a half-demon and goat creature which is evil toward friends of Santa Claus. Although the beast punishes allies of Santa, people in Central Europe may send Krampus greeting cards called "Krampuskarten."
Christmas means different things around the world

Christmas means different things around the world

References

Christmas customs around the world: A Herald-star newspaper in education supplement. (1992). Steubenville, OH: Steubenville Herald-Star.

Davidson, Z., Sebag-Montefiore, M., & Powell, D. (2016). Walk this world at Christmastime. Somerville, MA: Big Picture Press, an imprint of Candlewick Press.

Landau, B. (2010). Revelation of the Magi: The lost tale of the Three Wise Mens journey to Bethlehem. New York: HarperOne.

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