“Deck the halls with boughs of holly”
Not everyone feels jolly.
What does that word evoke for you?
For me it’s a confusing time of year.
Acutely aware of losses
The absence of living parents
Crumbling “happy families”.
Disconnected from the Christmas’s of my youth
Long dark nights
Tinsel and lights
The chaos of children
Secretly wrapping ‘til the early hours
Void of religion
I once held dear
Past traditions dissolved
Like melted snow.
I don’t know what Christmas is to me now
I can’t create a fantasy
Nor turn back the clock
Time to create something new perhaps?
© Karen Lighthouse 2022
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