Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Remembered

by Wendy Burke

Congratulations to JODER, winner of Wendy's giveaway!

This is me, I w
as about three

As you can see, I’m on Santa’s knee

I remember the time, I remember the place

I don’t remember why the disgusted look on my face

Was it his beard, the lights

The camera, a bad night?

Was it three trips around Santa’s fine lair…

Before I finally agreed to sit with him on his chair?

I remember my mom, my hand she held tight

And whispered to me, ‘He’s a nice man, it’s all right.’

I finally gave in, on his knee I did sit

Clutching tightly to balloons, I held in my mitt

I was unsure what I wanted, unsure what to say

Unsure what would be under the tree Christmas Day.

Still it’s a fine shot, at the memory I smile

A time simpler, quieter, more genuine - It’s been awhile

Since that lovely time and that lovely place

That little bemused look on my face

Yet it holds the best wishes, from then until today

That all the finest blessings await you this Christmas Day.

Hey -I never said I was a poet! Happy Holidays everyone!

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  1. I love those old pictures! My favorite one is from the third grade. I keep it framed where I can see it...because you're right, it's full of sweet memories!

  2. I look at my old pictures and I too wonder what was I thinking, especially when you have an odd look on your face! I enjoyed your poem:) Have a Happy Holidays!!

  3. I'm not sure why you didn't say you were a poet--that's a fine poem.
    Happy Holidays

  4. I was looking through some of my old Christmas pics and I had to laugh at our tree. It was silver and on top of that we had the projector that would rotate different colors on the tree. It's amazing that the silver trees are coming back.

  5. What a great post - thanks! Merry Christmas :-)

    smaccall @

  6. That was a very fun poem to read! Thanks for sharing :D

  7. That is a sweet story and not that bad a picture. For those who watch Ellen, she's had some truly bad Santa photos. No matter what you felt then, I wish you a very Merry Christmas now.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  8. I've been reading these entries all month, waiting for the famous Wendy Burke's contribution, and now here it is!! And a poem, even....what a bonus! I would be SOOO honored to win a copy of Respite, and the yummy gift pack would make it even sweeter!!

  9. awww what a cute picture. i think the kids that don't look serene with santa have the most character to them :)

  10. Never went to see Santa when I was young. We lived too far from town.

    I liked your poem.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  11. I think just about every child has that same expression on their face in those pictures with Santa. I agree that it's the lights, camera and the whole setup.

  12. I loved the picture. Merry Christmas!

  13. I have a photo on Santa's lap. I love the old pics. What a nice poem. Happy Holidays.

  14. awe..that's a nice poem and a cute photo, too! I love those memories when we are young and mom is there to help us along.

  15. I hvae lots of pictures of my kids with Santa and they have never looked really happy.
    debby236 at att dot net

  16. Wen anything you write is gold...even poetry!

  17. I love the poem and pics.Brings back memories of my own Christmas Pasts.Thank you.I needed it.I've been a Scrooge far too long.
    Happy Holidays!!!

  18. awesome poem and honestly we dont takemany pics but the ones we did take i have to smile at the hair styles and the trees and even the cheesy grins we grown ups had as children was always awesome after lookingabck ill betaking more pictures for my kids and my neices andnephew

    awesome post

    Merry Christmas and all ofthat

  19. I thought it was a great poem. They can be hard to write so you should be proud of yourself. Its better than

    Roses are red,
    Violets are blue,
    That scary guy comes down the chimney
    and He's coming for you!!!

    LOL Now that is bad, its enough to give a person nightmares :)

    brandyzbooks (at)yahoo(dot)com

  20. I love those old photos, although I'm thankful my parents didn't take more of them ;) Thanks for sharing those with us, Wendy!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  21. Some of my favorite family pictures are of my girls sitting on Santa's lap. My oldest daughter was scared to death of him, but my youngest wasn't scared at all.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  22. sorry I missed my birthday here, my new comp stopped working and got my old one going for now.

    I look at our old pics to help me remember the sweet times.

    my grandkids liked seeing Santa this yr and took a cute pic.

  23. I thought that you did pretty good for not being a poet! I started reading it and then thought, hey it rhymes! and then I had to finish reading it. You did awesome!

    Happy Holidays!

    jessangil at gmail dot com