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

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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.

Comments

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on January 30, 2021:

My wife gave me a new solid-state drive to help with storing stories and numerous documents I create and research as I write. I couldn’t help but smile. The Bible and the birth of Jesus Christ is probably one of the best saved stories of all. It’s a true event to keep us focused on accessing life. May be peace be with you.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on January 30, 2021:

This was an unusual Christmas. We gathered at my house and exchanged gifts. The present situation hung over our heads. The pandemic still was hitting our nation. But we had alcohol wipes, washed our hands, and said prayers. No one missed the real meaning of the holiday. Thanks for visiting.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on January 30, 2021:

My son was overjoyed with the new fishing rod we gave him for Christmas. I couldn’t help but think about those fishermen with Jesus Christ. We all should be reaching out to catch one another with love and compassion. The real meaning of Christmas is in thosethoughts.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on December 17, 2019:

Christmas is a holiday best shared. We participated in a local radio sponsored event, wrapping gifts for children and their foster families last weekend. The spirit festive, and we felt like we did something good for others. Take some time to share and help others. Thanks for dropping by.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on April 16, 2019:

The real meaning of Christmas is "Mass of Christ," or the holiday is about celebrating the birth of Jesus. Although the season means a lot to many, the real meaning still remains. Christians and many others grasp this idea, but we still embrace traditions from different backgrounds. Perhaps, that's why Christmas is such a powerful holiday. Christ was about love, and we remember that. Thanks for reading. - Tim

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on December 17, 2018:

Hello, ChitrangadaSharan,

Christmas is a holiday that can have a positive impact on many. Although we have seen an increase in nationalistic agendas across the world, the intent of Christmas (recognizing the gift of love) is a message the great religions of the planet can respect.

I appreciate your kind and thoughtful comment.

May your holidays be peaceful and joyful.

Sincerely,

Tim

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 17, 2018:

Excellent poem and interesting facts about Christmas.

We, in India also celebrate Christmas and all the shops and malls are already decorated beautifully. I agree with you that the festivals, nowadays have been commercialised. But the spirit is there, it can be seen on the happy faces of the people. There is so much positivity around.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on December 12, 2018:

Thank you, Flourish for dropping by and leaving a comment. I agree. The defecating log was kind of a surprise. But He made us all, and we can be creative from time to time.

Thanks for the feedback on cancellation; it's a tool common to more modern poetry because many of the older styles prefer we "linger" in the moment. This technique squeezes out something from that uncertainty in many cases. But again, we are all different pieces who are all the same.

(Cancellation reminds me of quotations from different religious texts that seem to conflict within the very lines of their construction, but they really are communicating deeper to the reader.)

I pray your holidays are merry and peaceful.

Much respect and admiration,

Sincerely,

Tim

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 11, 2018:

This was excellent, Tim. Your poetry was very thought-provoking and meaningful during what has become a very commercial holiday. The examples that you provided of cancellation were excellent, both leading up to your poem and within it. I like when I learn something! I also enjoyed learning about the different manifestations of Christmas around the world. That defecating log is a new one to me!

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on December 11, 2018:

Thank you, Mary. I appreciate your visit and comment. You are fortunate to have visited such a wonderful and beautiful country like Spain. I think having different ways of celebrating helps to keep the holiday vibrant and refreshing. He had little fanfare at His birth, but as long as the real meaning is remembered, love can flourish with those traditions.

Much respect and admiration,

Tim

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 11, 2018:

Tim, I love your poem. Yes, Christ was born with no fanfare and we have made Christmas full of it now. Still, I love it. I lifts my spirit up. Last year, we were in Barcelona and that was the first time I got aware of the Tio de Nadal. It is interesting to learn the various traditions associated with Christmas.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on December 09, 2018:

Thank you, Ms. Dora,

I appreciate your kind comments about a holiday held so dear by many.

May your day be peaceful and may your holiday season be joyous.

To a respectable, kind, and thought provoking writer,

Merry Christmas, Ms. Dora!

Sincerely,

Tim

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 09, 2018:

Impressive alliteration in some of those lines. The message comes through without a doubt. Altogether, a wonderful poem. Thanks also for the interesting facts.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on December 09, 2018:

Hello, Sean,

Eloquently stated:

"Loving is more substantial than breathing!"

If that doesn't summarize the holiday in a nutshell, few statements could.

May your day be blessed.

Much respect and admiration,

Sincerely,

Tim

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on December 09, 2018:

Hi, Eric,

Fabulous comment. No one who reads your writing and know you would acuse you of bable, my friend.

I love the idea of celebrating Jan. 7 and Dec. 25. That's cool.

Jesus is the reald deal and love is the light He wants us to shine.

To an insightful, thoughtful, and prolific writer,

May your day be blessed.

P.S. I looked at your comment on Ms. Dora article, we are all pulling for you and praying with you champ.

Sincerely,

Tim

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on December 09, 2018:

Excellent my dear brother! I am glad to see your effort to remind us that Christmas is more than a holiday. Is a state of mind and Soul we have to live every day of the year. I wish for every one of us to make a place within for the baby Jesus to born again!

Loving is more substantial than breathing!

Sean

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 09, 2018:

I am not and nay are my family members Russian/Eastern Orthodox Christians though my wife and son attend such a protocol. My wife and son attend because our extended Viet family does. Loving Christ and getting together is the important deal.

January 7th is their Christmas in the spiritual sense, yet all members giggle at the date, Christmas is the day. My son gets presents on both days. They do Easter different too. So more fun on two instead of just one day. We have too much fun.

Christ was born and died. I am happy that my family sees different days because it makes it clear "the" day is irrelevant to love. Pardon me but I even have more to blabber about.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on December 09, 2018:

I created this poem over the last few weeks thinking about the real meaning of the Christmas holiday. Historically, the Roman Catholic Church moved the celebration to the 25th of December to help it gain popularity. That's one reason there are so many seemingly conflicting traditions involved. But I always take time to worship and remember what the holiday is all about, remembering the greatest aspect of Christmas is that we have been given a light, regardless of how many we decorate the house with during this time. Thanks for reading this article, and I welcome positive comments.

Sincerely,

Tim

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