Thursday, December 29, 2022

A Christmas Challenge

Christmas is over and even without snow, it was a merry weekend of family events. There was a trip to Santa's workshop, Christmas Eve dinner pajama night, and the central event, the extended family Christmas dinner with a gender reveal. The gifts were beautifully presented under the tree. There was an assortment of boxed, bagged, and beautifully wrapped presents, along with a boy/girl pinata for the gender reveal. Needless to say, it was a blessed weekend.


While preparing for Poetry Friday, I decided to accept the Poetry Sisters' December challenge. We were asked to think outside of the BOX or into the BOX for a poem on a box. A 4×4 poem was suggested with 4 syllables in each of the 4 lines of each stanza and a refrain line in each stanza (line 1 in the first stanza, line 2 in the second stanza, line 3 in the third stanza, and line 4 in the fourth stanza). I added a 4-syllable title-the bonus step. In a 4x4 poem, there are no restrictions on subject, rhyme, or meter. Thanks to the Poetry Sisters, Laura, Tanita, Mary Lee, Kelly, Tricia, Sara, and Andi for welcoming others to join their challenge. Check out their poems at the Poetry Friday Roundup.

Christmas Boxes


Santa Baby,
you jolly man,
any boxes?
I am a fan.

Mine are ready.
Santa Baby,
check out my list-
diamonds maybe-

Perhaps, some clothes,
anything works.
Santa Baby,
a kiss will perk!


Christmas arrived, 
boxed with good cheer.
You are a dear,
Santa Baby!
©CVarsalona, 2022

Boxed Christmas Thoughts

Christmastime thoughts
under our trees
snuggling in love
like little bees

Christmastime thoughts
wrapped in boxes
family sought

gilded boxes
hold all the love
Christmastime thoughts
from God above

new year coming
one word will do
just for you, boxed
sweet Christmas thoughts
©CVarsalona, 2022

Next week, I will share the wonderful news from Bridget Magee's newest poetry anthology, Two Truths and a Fib. Check out the new video advertisement here.

Join me at children's author/poet and my once poetry swap partner, Patricia Franz's blog, Reverie, to read her lovely thoughts. Patricia is our host of Poetry Friday this week and presents oodles of boxed poetic goodness from a variety of writers. 


  1. I am loving all the box poems this week, Carol! The play on Santa Baby was especially clever. I'm wondering if those little snuggling bees under your tree were those two cuties in the first picture? How wonderful to celebrate with your family and the happy gender reveal! Blessings to you, this holiday, Carol! And Happy New Year!

  2. Hahaha--I'm not a big Santa Baby fan, but I loved you trying on that swinging voice. And your second poem really got me. Those gifts aren't things, they're thoughts--the love the giver has for the recipient. Beautiful, Carol! Happy New Year!

  3. You've captured the loving enticement of those boxes under the tree so beautifully, Carol, taking us from the "before" and the "after", the joy of giving. Congratulations on the coming new one to your family! Happy New Year!

  4. Such sweet Christmas thoughts, Carol! But I'm dying to know - will you be welcoming a boy or a girl?

  5. Carol, your second poem could be an ornament for the tree! It has that shape and feel. All best for a wonderful 2023!

  6. Though I loved your take on Santa Baby, the phrase "embraceable family" was the real gift -- unboxed, and available more than once a year, and lovely. Happy New Year, thanks for joining the fun this year!

  7. All good things in both your poems, Carol, from Santa kisses to embraceable Christmastime thoughts. By now you are well settled in your rather new home. I hope you are well and have a Happy New Year!

  8. Your "Santa Baby" poem had me giggling, Carol! Happy new year!

  9. Tee hee--I can't get Santa Baby out of my head now. It's such a silly, sassy, sexy way of singing at Christmastime. I do love how you played with the refrain in a new way. Happy New Year, Carol! So much fun that a new baby is coming to your family. Hooray!