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May Christmas Always Be

Jackie Lynnley shares emotional times in her life in hopes of touching someone with like thoughts or feelings, feelings from the heart.

Visions of Sugarplums

We all have such special and magical Christmas memories or those of us so lucky, I know. How many have spent every Christmas the same? Decorating the tree with our siblings and parents. Poking or shaking the presents for a clue to what is inside? Preparing for Santa with the milk and cookies?

Most come with colder weather and some snow flurries at least. Parties at school and Christmas plays at church. Did it ever get old or boring? I think not and the excitement started so early. Thanksgiving was barely out of the way until Christmas was right there in our minds!

At least in our earlier childhoods, there were grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. This was the best food of the whole year and the smells were constant if not more than oranges and old fashion candies. Visions of sugar plums did a dance in our heads!

Sugar Plum Delight.

Visions of sugar plums danced in our heads!

Visions of sugar plums danced in our heads!

Making Memories


Hi, my name is Lindsey and this is my little brother Tommy

We've been peeping at wrapped presents, 'neath the Christmas tree

Oh, we wouldn’t open them, but we love to always guess what

Knowing Santa won’t bring his until tonight for Tommy, and for me

Our presents are from Mom, Dad and Grandma, under the tree

We help Mommy make Santa cookies and will leave some milk too

It makes the whole house smell so very delightfully delicious

And is such a fun thing at Christmastime, we just always love to do

Peppermint Patty


This year we got to help decorate our big tree on the bottom

Then we sit on the stairs to look down on it, our faces in the bars

It is so beautiful and sparkles and blinks with colored lights all over

Better than laying outside in summer looking up at the stars

It always feels like such magic when Christmas time has come

It seems like it takes forever for it to come back another year

I wish it could be Christmas all the time with people always nice

Waving and visiting, and always love the singing choirs we hear

Christmas Angel


Everyone dresses up in pretty bright colored clothes many days

They look better than they do the whole year long that’s for sure

Even Grandma and Grandpa who are always busy working hard

Wear pretty colors of Christmas time when they come in the door

Wow, tomorrow is Christmas Day and we are so excited it’s here

Mm tomorrow we will smell the turkey baking when we wake up

I will wake Tommy if he doesn’t wake me first to come together

Hurry down to check for missing cookies and milk from Santa’s cup


He always cleans the plate; never leaves a crumb or a drop of milk

Then we will know; yes he made it down that chimney for a snack

He must get lots of snacks that’s why his belly is so big and round

He will leave each of us a special present from the pack on his back

Christmas is so special it’s too bad it can’t be like this all the time

Mom and Dad always smiling and happy and everyone we know

Makes you feel all warm inside; Grandma says that’s Christmas love

Tommy, look, out the big window past the tree; it’s starting to snow!

Waiting for Santa


© 2017 Jackie Lynnley


Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on April 03, 2018:

Thank you Ann. I probably wouldn't mind a beach Christmas now and then! It does seem snow is the thing though and just a few flurries will do me!

You have a wonderful week too, and a great weekend!

Ann Carr from SW England on April 03, 2018:

This is as magical as Christmas, Jackie. I love your memories, maybe because they are so close to mine except, of course, that we don't have Thanksgiving here and the food is slightly different.

Those quotes are wonderful. It's so true that we become children again at Christmas time. It's much more fun with children around us and the delight in their little faces is beyond compare.

I spent this last Christmas in New Zealand with my partner's family. Sunshine and beaches are a long way from snow and log fires. However, we got all the snow when we returned in March! I must confess, I prefer a 'proper' (for me) Christmas in the Winter. The cosiness and indoor warmth are an essential part, I find.

Thanks for taking me back to my childhood. Thankfully Christmas with my grandchildren does the same.

Have a great week, Jackie!


Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on January 05, 2018:

Thank you Linda, so pleased to have you stop by to read. Especially after the season!

Happy New Year.

Linda Robinson from Cicero, New York on January 05, 2018:

I absolutely loved this hub Jackie, it was so beautifully written and uplifting and just remarkable. You touched on the Christmas season so perfectly. :)

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 22, 2017:

Thank you so much Dianna, Merry Christmas.

Dianna Mendez on December 21, 2017:

You brought out the magic of Christmas with your poetry. Merry Christmas and have a wonderfully blessed 2018.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 21, 2017:

Thank you for sharing that story Michael and of course it would benefit all children so much more if that was all Christmas was about. I admit, it really should be.

Michael Milec on December 20, 2017:

More than anything you left a history of a Christmas tradition never known and imaginable to a person living outside of the country. Your memories are fabulous. Experiencing the Christmas/holidays celebration past few decades as a "newcomer" I believe you all you said, leaving me speechless. Nothing at all of sort not even close of " Christmas festivities" during my childhood in the traditional culture of the nation and a country I lived my early portion of earthly life. Instead of gifts exchanged, or a tree decoration, tradition carried on a certain special- once a year baking, cooking, and relative visiting each other. In my memory during those gatherings a conversation went about the Bethlehem scene, the name of Jesus, Joseph and Mary spoken with deep devotion, creating atmosphere almost tangible of the presence the heavenly hosts singing...

Looking back, now I can say it was the most blessed period of time during those troublesome years of WW2. Something wonderful happen to that young boy Michael, that change him once forever...Jesus of Nazareth became so real to him from that time on, so that nothing could replaced his heart delight having joy of living with Christ daily...

Have a blessed celebration of your memories...

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 19, 2017:

Thank you Kari, Merry Christmas!

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on December 19, 2017:

I loved the poem. I also loved the quotes. Merry Christmas!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 19, 2017:

Thank you Nithya, Merry Christmas to you!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 19, 2017:

A lovely poem, beautifully written. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 18, 2017:

Thank you Peggy, a Merry Christmas to you too.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 18, 2017:

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Jackie. Your lovely poem brought back all kinds of nice memories.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 18, 2017:

Ah, thank you Rachel. you are such a kindred spirit and someone I would so love to call sister but friend is good too.

May Christmas bring you something so very extra special! You deserve it.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 18, 2017:

It does seem to bring out all the love and joy in everyone Peg, and too bad we can't hang onto that!

Merry Christmas to you too!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 18, 2017:

Thank you Dora! I really think the meaning would have been so much better without Santa but supposedly he was a good man from some point in time and I think real Christians can put him in his right place. I never like or would put anyone above Christ just because of what He did for me and how much I love Him! Santa is though connected to those smells and joy of celebration.

Merry Christmas.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 18, 2017:

Thanks Linda. I so appreciate you!

Merry Christmas!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 18, 2017:

Diana, thank you, great to see you.

Merry Christmas.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 18, 2017:

Thank you Lori! Merry Christmas!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 17, 2017:

Thank you Ven, and such a very Merry Christmas to you!

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on December 17, 2017:

Such pretty pictures, such lovely memories and such a nice way you have of putting things. Thank you so much.

Blessings to you and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 17, 2017:

You are right MizB. I am without family present this Christmas too. A great opportunity for us both to celebrate what it is all about!

Merry Christmas.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on December 17, 2017:

The poem really brings out all the good things about Christmas time. I love that everyone seems to be just a little bit kinder and more understanding. Your photos are stunning! Hope you have a Merry Christmas.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 17, 2017:

There was never a Santa in my world, but there was always something magical about Christmas. The sights, the smells and sounds are etched in our psyche. Thanks for bring the feeling to life.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 16, 2017:

Ah, Bill I am sure I have forgotten more than I remember. There were very few years I did not share Christmas with my mom and dad, at least a portion. But you know I have forgotten one where I went to Moms and there was just a tiny tree and no decorations and she was sad. I am sure I blocked that out for a reason and I know I would have decorated up her tree for her and made all as good as I possibly could. I just never wanted my mom sad for any reason. But maybe we do block out more than we know.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 16, 2017:

The photos and the descriptions are so cheerful. Christmas can be such a wonderful time of the year. This is another lovely hub for the season, Jackie.

Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on December 16, 2017:

It is a great feeling recalling happy memories. We never forget those special times we shared at Christmas with our family. Good job. Love it.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 16, 2017:

Oh, I loved that too Linda and was so happy to find that! Thanks for reading!

Merry Christmas!

Lori Colbo from United States on December 16, 2017:

I love this. It takes me back to Christmas's past.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on December 16, 2017:

Jackie, the poem is adorable and the photos are wonderful. Brings back so many memories, especially from a big extended family. There are so few of us left and spread so far apart now that I could skip Christmas altogether this year and just thank Jesus for being born. We tend to forget that he was the greatest gift.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 16, 2017:

Than you Madan. Yes it is a very important one to so many millions of us. No doubt the most favorite of all with many special meanings.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 16, 2017:

Thank you RM, so do I. Merry Christmas!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 16, 2017:

Beautiful. So many great memories.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on December 16, 2017:

Very nice reflections depicting the lovely Christmas joys that are experienced by children and grownups alike.

Wish you A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Jackie.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 16, 2017:

Wonderful memories, my friend. I wonder how many of my Christmas memories have improved with age? I think that happens...less than perfect Christmases get better as we put the Hallmark stamp on them after four decades...but still, it is a magical time for me and always will be.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on December 16, 2017:

Jackie, what a lovely way to begin the weekend. The pictures you chose are simply precious. I love all the bright colors of this season.

What struck me most of all is the quote "there is no greater gift at Christmas than to have everything you want before you open the gifts."

We are blessed. Thank you for sharing this hub with all of us today.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on December 16, 2017:

I like Christmas, though I am not a Christian. Nice hub about a festival celebrated more in the West

RoadMonkey on December 16, 2017:

What beautiful pictures you have chosen. I love Christmas time for all the reasons you gave.

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