I very often think that technology has taken away family life as it used to be.
Its marvellous for many things including medicine and being able to SEE and talk to family that lives far and wide and I have benefited from it in many ways BUT
I wonder how many families will spend Christmas Day together all glued to their phones or I-pads.
My own family are guilty of this.
I like my computer or I-pad BUT NOT when I have company.
I wrote the poem below some years ago but it is a darn sight worse now.
Christmas nowadays seems TOO commercialized now to me but maybe its my age.
What is your opinion?
Christmas Of Yesteryear.
What happened to the old-fashioned Merry Christmas of yesteryear
When we made our own paper trimmings and Santa’s only big fear
Was getting his behind burnt from the chimneys he had to descend
When children believed in Santa and thought he was their friend.
Because he had left a carved wooden train and a storybook too
A china tea-set for a little girl and possibly a kaleidoscope to view.
Perhaps a drum or trumpet and a bright new shining three-penny bit
Excited youngsters waking the house because they could not sit
Where did the family Christmas go that we knew of so long ago
When everyone went to one house for lunch including Auntie Flo
Someone playing the Jews harp and another playing the drum
Dinner was cooking in the kitchen, what about poor old mum.
After sating their appetite everyone would listen to the King
Telling of the years events and of hopes the New Year will bring.
It’s a different world we live in now from what it was many years ago.
All glitter and tinsel before the season and pricey presents on show.
TV advertising to brainwash children into pestering Mum and Dad
Many parents go into debt to satisfy their children’s latest fad.
NO! things are not the same any more, its too commercialized
Nowadays it seems as though everyone is being pressurized
Into buying the most exotic and expensive gifts to give to family
But the gift of love and a great big hug will certainly do for me.
Ok so I am looking back to Christmases of many years ago.
But they seemed to be full of meaning then, not all glitter and show.
Somewhere along the way the true spirit of Christmas went astray
So may I wish everyone a good old fashioned Merry Christmas Day.
May you be with your loved ones and in touch with friends and family
And A Peaceful and Happy Christmas to you all is the wish from me.
Copyright….Maisie Walker 2001.…All rights reserved.
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