This year, like other years, Christmas rings in the good news. Bells jingle, hearts mingle, and all decorations are merry and bright. The tree is always the central focus and as a glorious dedication to the birth of the tiny savior, my tree tells a story. Birds announce the good news. Beads adorn the layers of the tree. Ribbons flounce. An angel watches over and vintage ornaments dangle against the lights. Faith ties the family together. Late at night, Santa tiptoes in with a ho, ho, ho, and before he leaves rings one of the bells collected over the years.
In the great room, bells from an old carriage, a cowbell, and jingle bells
are nestled in the tree waiting for Santa's touch.
The Ringing of the Bells
Hear the voice.
Santa shouts ho-ho
Coming in from snow.
Rudolph is aglow.
Bells tinkle to go.
Into the sky,
Deer and sleigh fly.
Bells tinkle with joy
For every girl and boy.
Christ is born
On Christmas morn.
©CV, 2021, draft
Christmas at My New House in Virginia
Grandgirls decorate their tree on
Christmas Eve and sight two snowprints
by their fireplace on Christmas morn.
Listen to Aretha Franklin sing "O Christmas Tree" here.
Thank you to the Poetry Sisters who challenged everyone to write a poem dealing with bells and share it on Poetry Friday. They also suggested ringing in the New Year on social media with the hashtag, #PoetryPals.
Thank you to Carol Wilcox for hosting Poetry Friday at her blog, Carol's Corner.
She is sharing sad news about the wildfires that broke out 10 miles from her home in Colorado. There is devastation and families without homes. My thoughts and prayers are with Carol who is tracking down people she loves and also with the families who lost their homes in the fire.