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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Home for Christmas (11/20/08)

TITLE: A Family Christmas
By Verna Cole Mitchell


At Christmas time my heart returns
On wings of memory
To home, when I was just a girl
And there with family.

The times were simpler in those days,
And we had modest means,
But in my mindís eye I recall
The happiest of scenes.

The scents of baking in the air
And decorated tree
Were beacons to my brothers, to
My sister, and to me.

The carols that my mother sang
Still echo in my ears.
Her sweet sopranoís just as clear,
Though itís been many years.

The Christmas dinner Mom prepared
Was great in every way,
And all the tasty treats she made
I wish I had today.

My father at this season was
The most excited one.
The joyfulness he found in life
Made holidays more fun.

His tender nature made our home
A blessed place to be.
The love he showed to all of us
Made Godís love plain to see.

Now Mom and Dad are home in heaven,
And though I donít know when,
Iíve hopes my family will someday
Have Christmas there with them.

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Connie Dixon11/30/08
Sweet. I especially enjoyed the tenderness of the father.
Jan Ackerson 12/01/08
Very sweet! I especially appreciate the unforced rhymes.
Sharlyn Guthrie12/01/08
What lovely memories to preserve and pass on. I enjoyed how the simplicity of the poem matched the simplicity of the family Christmas.
Dee Yoder 12/02/08
Love the sentiments and family memories present in this poem. It flows so well and is beautiful to read. Makes me very nostalgic for Christmases past when everyone was still home for Christmas.
Teresa Lee Rainey12/02/08
What a precious memory - told in a very precious way. Gave me warm fuzzies. :)
George Parler 12/02/08
This is one of those wonderful poems you read and at the end you inhale deeply and exhale a peaceful sigh . . . with a smile. Beautiful, just beautiful.
Catrina Bradley 12/02/08
I was picturing Norman Rockwell type drawings as I read of the perfect Christmas - the one that we celebrate in our memory. I enjoyed your nostalgic poem.
Laury Hubrich 12/04/08
That will be a wonderful Christmas indeed. Love your poetry, as always, Verna!
LauraLee Shaw12/04/08
This is PERfect! Love your heart!!!!
Linda Watson Owen12/04/08
So beautifully precious, Verna! Congratulations! What an endearing picture of a truly perfect Christmas! I always love everything you write.
Yvonne Blake 12/04/08
Yay, VernJ! This is beautiful! Thank you for all the memories of Christmases past...and I'm looking forward to spending Christmas in our heavenly home, too!
Beth LaBuff 12/04/08
VernaJ--Looking forward to that Christmas with those who've already gone before. Congratulations on your level placing and your EC with this lovely poem that's has such a comforting message!
Angela M. Baker-Bridge12/04/08
Very peaceful, comforting, I felt right at home with your family. Congratulations!
Janice Fitzpatrick12/17/08
This is so pretty and speaks with such a loving and gentle voice. I love the flow of your poetry hone. God bless you and yor writings. Keep it up. Merry Christmas hon and I am sure one day we will see our moms and dads again hon and have the best Christmas ever! Praise the Lord. I too have now lost both my parents, my mom just recently in the fall but God is good and someday we will have a wonderful celebration.:0)
Thank you hon for your comment on Still A Voice. Hugs Janice