My Mother’s Christmas

December 24th, 2015 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

My Mother’s Christmas

By David Leland Hyde
Written March 12, 2005

"Happy Holidays," Electric Snow Couple, Milford, Utah by David Leland Hyde 2009.

“Happy Holidays,” Electric Snow Couple,” Milford, Utah by David Leland Hyde 2009. (Click on Image to See Larger.)

On the ground in East Quincy I found a palm-sized Christmas stocking labeled Mom.
I picked it up and began to spin back through my days.
I fell like piles of sand through an hourglass.
I heard the music of “Silver Bells, It’s Christmas time in the city,”
My mother sang and played piano.
It was Christmas time in the country.
Her voice a melody of tinkling glass.
The turkey in the oven,
Pumpkin pie spice floated from the kitchen.
Sparkling eyes,
Eyes so wise, knowing why.

Her mother, my grandma, grew up on a ranch,
One of four sisters with all that work.
The stuffing, a recipe handed down.
My mother never slowed down,
“Work, we must work, work, work.”
Only on Christmas breaking the spell with Carols.
Always with me through the night:
Her singing, “It’s Christmas time in the city.”
At midnight, I sneak out to see if Santa has come yet.
In the morning I play with a stuffed tiger around the tree.
My dad sets up for a picture of the three of us.

The stocking has a snowflake on the toe that looks like a star.
It brings me my mother, guiding me.
When she was alive I took her for granted.
She smoothed my way and held life together.
Now she is a benevolent force floating in the stars.
Holding a larger home.
“Silver Bells, Silver Bells, It’s Christmas time in the city.”

Do you have any special childhood memories of Christmas or another holiday you celebrate?

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9 comments

  1. Lovely poem, David, and Merry Christmas to you. One of my memories is always needing to check and see the clothes fit as almost every piece of clothing was handmade or ordered.

  2. Thank you, Monte. Merry Christmas.

  3. Ed Cooper says:

    Nice nostalgic post David. This is the time of the year to reflect on past Christmases and on those who were with us then, but have now passed on.

  4. Thanks Ed. It is that time of year.

  5. Lovely memories of Moms everywhere.

    Merry Christmas, David!

  6. Glad to hear from you Michael. Hope you and Jean are well.

  7. Regina Diehl says:

    What great memories to hold about your mom. Even though I’m anti-Christmas, sharing your treasured thoughts was very nice to hear. Are you interested in coming to Chili for a photo shoot? The landscape is spectacular.

  8. Hi Regina, Glad to hear from you. I might say I’m anti-commercialised Christmas, but I’m certainly not anti-Christmas, as you see from the poem. Even if I turned full Buddhist, rather than one third Buddhist as I am, I would still celebrate Christmas. I am quite sure Jesus Christ was an enlightened leader and example, but I don’t need to sling his name around all the time to prove I am righteous. I like to think I can read the Bible without thumping it.

    I’ve been leaving you phone messages, but I guess your phone doesn’t work in Chili. Will you ever get those messages?

    Did your husband make it down to Chili ok?

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