A Handmade Christmas

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

My aged parents reminisce the stories
Of their innocent childhood days
Delighted with one or two gifts, and
An orange in their 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…

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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 fulfills 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 – 6th December 2018


About This Poem

As the poem tells, I have been thinking of what I would change about the Christmases of my past, not that I regret anything because I know that I did the best I could with what I knew at that time, but more as to how I would advise future generations.

The commercial side of Christmas has infiltrated so deeply into our lives and influences all ages, putting so much pressure on everyone who celebrates Christmas to buy more and do more, in an ever-increasing amount.

In my poem I was focusing on the gift side of Christmas, but I have just read a wonderful post from EarthSkyAir: Solstice that mentions an over-the-top light display nearby, and it reminded me of how, not only do the outside house decorations get bigger every year (in a seeming competition to do the most) but also I’m stunned to see Christmas trees and decorations up inside homes as soon as we begin December! 

As EarthSkyAir so wisely says:
“The awesomeness of our universe shows us so plainly that love itself remains the truly treasured gift in our lives.

It’s beyond amazing, the gifts we’ve been given. Who needs to go shopping? Let’s just pause and be astonished by what we have.”

Profound words of simple truth, I’ll leave it at that!

A Handmade Christmas - inspirational poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By
the reverse side of my Christmas card 2018
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9 thoughts on “A Handmade Christmas

  1. A lovely poem that brings us back to the true meaning of gifts which are made with our hands and love rather than bought in the stores. I think we need to stop as the pendulum has gone way to far into the waves of commercialism and consumerism, and we need to re-set our values once again. It’s not about “better, bigger and bolder”, it’s about having an open heart, sharing our Love & kindness in everything we do, & extending our help whenever we can.
    Than you dear Trina! I also thank you for recommending the post “Solstice” which I loved!!!! ❤

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  2. I love the idea of a handmade Christmas, with everyone tapping into their own creativity and talents and delights – and being inspired by those to whom they wish to give. That would be a beautiful Christmas indeed! Thank you for this beautiful thought. Thanks for sharing my link, too, Trina. 🙂

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