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The Christmas Stockings

Children far too young to realize
That some things in life you should prize
We had no jobs and no takings
Bare were the Christmas stockings

Scrounging colourful material
Lace, chintz and chiffon ethereal
Ribbons included in the making
A show for the Christmas stockings

Balls of red and green and scrap yarn
Imaginary faces darn'
On beautiful princess and kings
Displayed in the Christmas stockings

Plywood and some leftover paint
Canopy bed fit for a saint
Pea under mattress, her liking
Endured for the Christmas stockings

A penguin made of black felt
A hobgoblin with a scarlet belt
‘Gold' jewellery box, flaking
Accepted for the Christmas stockings

Coconut ice cut into stars
Liquorice plaited into bars
Brownies and tarts kept me baking
Produced for the Christmas stockings

My daughter was five that year
Son's smiles, laughter brought a tear
After all this time - despite mocking
Treasuring the Christmas stockings

Granddaughters, by the Grace of God
They look like two peas in a pod
Material gathered for the making
Of this year's two Christmas stockings

Submitted: Sunday, December 02, 2012
Edited: Monday, December 03, 2012


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When our children were very small, we went through some financial difficulty. That one particular Christmas, we made all the gifts and I sewed the Christmas stockings. The children confess that it was a memorable Christmas and they still use the Christmas stockings which I had made, in their homes every year.
I am the proud grandmother of two beautiful girls and this year I have sewed them each a special Christmas stocking and filled it with small gifts.

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