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Christmas for me is a time for celebrating. It is the time of year when we gather together and rejoice the birth of Our Lord. It is also the time for St. Nick, Santa Clause, Father Christmas and the many other cultural names he is adorned with.

It is a time I reflect back on years gone by. My parents sitting on the couch watching all six of us excitingly opening our presents. It is the glow of the lights on the Christmas tree and watching the snow fall from my bedroom window.

It is going to Midnight Mass and singing with the congregation sharing the love and joy of the season.

It is following traditions that my parents instilled in us for many years. Sharing our home and food with family, friends and the less fortunate. It is giving of one’s self to others.

I have many Christmas’s behind…

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8 thoughts on “CHRISTMAS IN MY HEART

  1. Dear Pat,

    Such a joy to re-read this most heartwarming post from two years ago.

    Last time, commenting, I spoke of my wonderful late parents and the happy family Christmases of my Lancashire boyhood in the 1950s.

    This time I’d just like to mention someone else. His name was Herbert and he was the middle-aged master electrician I began my working life with, aged 15, back in ’62. We had jobs to do at Chester Cathedral and before entering, that first time, he told me, very sternly, that “Only our best work will do in the Lord’s House.”

    Sadly, Herbert died just a few years later.

    Recently I wrote a poem (a haibun) inspired by the ARK Exhibition of modern sculpture at Chester Cathedral and it was displayed, along with other selected poems, including a little gem from Maureen, in the South Transept during the last fortnight of the exhibition.

    I only hope Herbert would have approved.

    Maureen joins me in wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas and New Year.

    Do take care,



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