Dont overspend this Christmas

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Don’t overspend this Christmas.

Don’t get yourself in debt.

Don’t overspend this Christmas.

There really is no point.

You  escalate your spending

And others spend more too.

They’re spending money

they haven’t got

and getting in debt for you.

Be nice to your friends and neighbours

Spread good cheer with a smile

But don’t go overspending

It’s really not the point.

Simple gifts from shepherds

Symbolic ones from Kings.

It’s not how much the present costs

It’s all the little things.

It’s spending time together

The kindness and the fun

Don’t overspend this Christmas

But have fun everyone.

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Christmas Child

A poem for Ben – born on Christmas Day.

You were Christmas’s child

Born not to riches

But to a life of graft

Making, mending and making do.

There were no gifts from the east for you

But craftsmanship guile, ready wit

The gift of friendship

And a fiercely independent spirit.

A time died with you

We only knew through your stories

Of big families, passed down children

Cursory schooling, schoolyard japes.

Of millionaires, big houses, gardeners,

Chauffeuring at fourteen.

Living starlit under country skies,

Courting on bicycles, bowler hatted,

Army scrapes and country pubs.

A time too we shared with you.

Days in your cosy, pokey cottage

Coal fires, pub lunches,

Stories and the things you said.

You in your chair beneath the stairs,

Snuff, boiled sweets and salad teas.

Neighbours in and out to greet you.

Shakey hands you could turn to anything.

Warm greetings and fond partings.

You won’t be there another Christmas,

Won’t be found there in your chair.

Gone the warmth of your fresh greeting.

Gone a source of Christmas cheer.

Christmas Angels

13EB9E09-8041-4BFD-8184-C66171A88180.jpegWe like to collect Christmas angels

They mostly live in our loft.

This time of the year they all come out

It’s time for them all to show off.

 

We don’t collect precious angels

Nothing too prissy or twee.

Our angels have to have attitude

Wear boots or maybe a scarf.

 

They have woolly hats

Or their hair in a plait

Hurl snowballs or skate on ice.

They come from places where we’ve been

From different parts of the world.

 

It gives us a lift when they come out again 

To cheer up our Christmas scene.

So here’s to the Christmas angels

Raise a glass and be of good cheer

The nights are dark and it’s cold outside

But Christmas will soon be here.