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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

Poll

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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Poll

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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

Artificial Christmas tree – Wikipedia. Retrieved December 8, 2018, from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_Christmas_tree

Tió de Nadal – Wikipedia. Retrieved December 8, 2018, from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ti%C3%B3_de_Nadal

White House Christmas tree – Wikipedia. Retrieved December 8, 2018, from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Christmas_tree

Comments

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 January 03, 2019:

Yes, it is actually weird, Nell. It makes you wonder about the spiritual significance people place on the holiday, if any.

My hope is that they still engage in kindness and the spirit of love.

I do appreciate you reading and taking time to comment. It means a lot to me.

You are a good soul who practice the spirit of Christmas every day, and I can gather that from your writings. Not to mention, Nell, sometimes you say the funniest things in your articles.

Happy New Year, dear friend.

Sincerely,'

Tim

Nell Rose from England on January 03, 2019:

It's rather strange and sad that your poll said 0 for going to church. And Kangaroos pulling the sled? lol! Happy New Year 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 11, 2018:

Abwilliams, we have exchanged Merry Christmas many times, and I hope to keep on doing so because it's such a great phrase. I figured it might be difficult for many people to read that poll and choose just one; The real meaning of Christmas is Christ and we know that. And Merry Christmas again!

I lost the snowball fight by the way. (Hurrah for me!)

Much respect and admiration,

Tim

A B Williams from Central Florida on December 09, 2018:

Hi Tim, I voted 'other' in the poll, because I'd have to choose more than one. Except for that shop til you drop business, that's not me, never has been.

Beautiful writing and poetry; informative, entertaining and thought provoking.

Have I wished you a Merry Christmas yet? ;)

Merry Christmas!

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

Thanks, Pamela,

It's the real meaning of Christmas that makes the holiday worth it. I have a friend who listens to Christmas songs all year-round at her house. She says it's easier to stay in the correct spiritual mood with that music in the background.

Thank you for reading and commenting on this poem and the fun facts about this holiday.

Yes, the kangaroo one made me laugh immensely. The log doing its thing was pretty funny, too. I don't think I want my gifts that way.

God bless you.

To a talented, respectable, kind and informative author,

Merry Christmas, Pamela.

Sincerely,

Tim

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 09, 2018:

The poem was excellent in my opinion. I loved the wasy you intertwined the Christmas traditions with the birth of Jesus, so the true meaning of Christmas was revealed.

The cancellation in poetry was interesting, and as I am not a poet, it was new to me. Kangaroos pulling Santa's sleigh was funny. Excellent, well-written article. Merry Christmas Tim.

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:

Hello, Rinita Sen,

It's an ongoing and permanent festival of the heart for those who truly heed the words of Christ' teachings. Unfortunately, that gets lost for many folk in some of the commercialization of the holiday.

Thanks for sharing your perspective on cancellation. I tend to agree with you for some of my poetry, but like you, I bet you let the experience and the poem direct the creation of the work.

Much respect and admiration,

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

Rinita Sen on December 09, 2018:

It was interesting to learn about the concept of cancellation in poetry. I myself enjoy it, and used to use it too at times, but always had a feeling readers couldn't connect with the verse if cancellation was used.

Enjoyed your poem, and it was great to get all the trivia about Christmas. Hope you enjoy the festival.

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