Well my friend it’s over again
It's time to pack up the tinsel and holly,
Time to put away the tinkling bells
The lights of the season so jolly.
No more presents wrapped
And tied with ribbons red.
It is oh so much easier
To get little children to bed.

We have feasted and dined
And eaten more than our share.
We have had turkey and ham
And all sorts of Christmas fare.
Our tables were dressed and adorned
With linen we had pressed for the day,
Candles and ribbons and sparkling things
Have now carefully been put away.

And so that was Christmas
And what did it bring?
Such joy and such laughter
It made my heart sing.
I saw the children of my heart
On this Christmas Day
Washing the dishes
And packing away.

We all worked together
And cooked and created
To say it was lovely
Would be understated.
The gifts were ready and waiting
All wrapped with care and thought
In boxes and colourful bags
To hide what had been bought.

When I looked around
At the mess of paper everywhere
I was reminded that we
Wrap each other in our care.
The ribbons and the bows
Remind me of the ties
That bind us as a family
Underneath the southern skies.

And so that was Christmas…
With phone calls to friends
So many happy memories
It seems it never ends.
And now that it is over
And I am putting things away
I am reminded of the joys
That are mine on every day.

So as I sit between Christmas
And the year ahead that’s new
I want to remind you
That you are important too
You are part of my network,
My support group and my friends
I wish you happiness in the New Year
And Joy that never ends.

© Linda J.Vaughan

3oth. December 2003