POEMS: “A Handmade Christmas” by Trina Graves

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A Handmade Christmas  

As each generation continues on
The hype of Christmas seems to grow
But the simple things never change..
Children never-endingly hope for snow

My parents reminisce their past
Of their innocent childhood days
Delighted with one or two gifts, and
An orange in the stocking always

It’s a natural feeling wanting to provide
Your children with all you possibly can
My siblings and I had a several more gifts
A wonderful Christmas, as always, the plan

With my little Angels the trend continued
My husband and I strived to give them more
It began with a large sack full of presents
As years passed they overflowed to the floor

I would always make some of the gifts
Knitting and sewing I thoroughly enjoyed
Dolls clothes; a favourite, made many times
Winter evenings I was merrily employed

But back then I never gave it a thought
To the seeds I unknowingly planted
Into their open, fertile young minds
A need for more was being started

And now with my grandchildren I can see
Especially when money is short, it’s tough
To provide all they feel they should give
The spiral.. will it ever be enough?

Over the years I continued making some gifts
As with each new blessing my family grew
An often challenge to make-ends-meet
Creating handmade presents saw me through

But in recent times I’ve pondered more on
The effects, what I’d change if I could live
Those Christmases all over again
So, this is the advise I would give…

***

Ditch the relentless consumerism
Impregnated into the mind
Insistent, but only about the sell
A relief and freedom you will find

Simplify your Christmas
Focus on the love and joy
Being together and having fun
Instill this in every girl and boy

Only give them a few presents
You’ll be planting the purest seeds
Of gratitude, love and acceptance
That simplicity fulfils all their needs

Make as many gifts as you can
Developing your own creativity
Time spent is a worthwhile investment
In yourself, you’ll soon clearly see

Everything in life is made of energy
Even objects can contain our thought
Making gifts with love enhances them
Much more than anything ever bought

When creating for that special person
Always work with love in your heart
Enjoy the process of your making
Your higher vibration you will impart

Children truly learn from example
Easily accepting the way you show
Teach them the joy of simple giving
Their hearts will bloom and grow

All ages of children can take part
In creating something for those they love
A hand drawn around, or simple picture
Giving easily rises them above

I know now I would cherish such gifts, from
Children & grandchildren through the years
A treasured collection all made with love
Would bring joyous memories and a few tears

It’s never too late to start
This poem is not a lament
If these words ring true to you
Take action on your intent!

Trina Graves (2018)

Posted with permission from the author

Trina’s sites are: http://www.spiritual-quotes-to-live-by.com/inspirational-Christmas-poems.html

and Trina’s newer site at: https://spiritualquotestoliveby.wordpress.com/

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Trina Graves says:

    Thank you for sharing my new poem Amira ❤

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    1. I loved this poem dear Trina! It has such an important message about the true meaning of love and gifts given from the heart rather than the consumerism we have been programmed to adopt in our lives! Thank you for writing this poem!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. Wonderful poem 😊
    Wishing you a blessed lovely Christmas Amira and Trina, filled with blessings, happiness and joy. Happy Christmas! 🎄💖

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    1. Thank you so much dear Christine! For you too dear friend, we wish you a blessed Christmas filled with joy, light, love and peace! ❤ ❤ ❤ 🎄 🌟

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    2. Trina Graves says:

      So pleased you liked it Christine, and Christmas Blessings to you and all your loved ones too. ❤

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  3. LindaP says:

    Beautiful and true! It’s funny I always bake and make things for my grand daughters,this year for fun I asked them if it was ok if I didn’t do it this year.Well they got really upset and said no grammi that’ are tradition! So you see gifts from the heart and hand are truly appreciated! Lets get back to handmade gifts and lessen the commercialism! Merry Christmas to you Trina and your family and to you dear sister! Sending Love peace and Joy this season,Linda.

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    1. That is so beautiful to hear! It’s amazing how children will always remember those special times with grammis’, at a time when they will absorb like sponges all the lessons that are taught especially with actions more than words! I agree with you, it’s time to return to the core and leave commercialism behind. 🙂 All my love, Amira ❤

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    2. Trina Graves says:

      Lovely to hear about your tradition for your granddaughters Linda, and especially that they appreciate your gifts from the heart. Christmas Blessings of Peace, Love and Joy to you and all your family. ❤

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  4. LindaP says:

    Should be” Our tradition” can’t spell anymore!! LOL

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