Thursday, December 24, 2015

December 24


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  1. Christmas Eve

    Christmas eve as child was
    carefully adorning milk and two cookies on their small plate, stationed under the fake tinsel tree, frozen in pink headlights. In the quiet night there was nothing to do, but head to bed. Did I hear Santa? Would gifts come?

    Christmas eve as young adult was
    carefully adorning milk and two cookies on their small plate, stationed under a fake fur tree, because we finally talked mother into getting rid of the tinsel, and pink lighted one. Wrapped gifts waited underneath the tree, including sisters gag I wrapped that my said, ‘oops, sorry forgot the present.’

    Christmas eve as young mother was
    eager anticipation winning over my tired-never-stop body, telling myself I can’t go to bed until I was sure, the children were fast asleep. Then creep downstairs, unloose wrapped gifts from their hiding place, and set up the fish tank, their first pets.

    Christmas eve as later mother was
    blessing the crèche with holy water, prayer, and song. Then blessing the tree, filled with ornaments we’d made, and oodles of wrapped gifts, under its branches. Then off to skid row town, for midnight mass, anticipating the fun of leading craft projects, with scores of children, happily unleashed by parents, from serious sermons.

    Christmas eve as later-later mother was
    blessing the crèche with holy water, prayer, and song. Then blessing the tree, filled with ornaments we’d made, and oodles of wrapped gifts, under its branches. Then off to skid row town, for midnight mass, grateful for the moment of peace and comfort, praying, if it be God’s will, let this family, make it to another Christmas.

    Christmas eve as a single mother was
    blessing the crèche with holy water, prayer, and song. Then blessing the tree, filled with ornaments we’d made, with its sparse carefully budgeted wrapped gifts, under its branches. Then off to midnight mass, grateful, that two adult children, treasured this night, to be present.

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