Christmas - Spiritual or Commercial? Explore in Haikus what Christmas means to You

What does Christmas mean to you?

I was reading one of Perspycacious' haikus. I commented that I hadn't done any of my own for a while and he told me, in so many words, to 'get on with it'. So I did!

Before Christmas the shops are crowded, sometimes pleasantly so, sometimes with uncomfortable jostling. Many spend hundreds of pounds on each individual. Some can't afford anything. Will this make their Christmases any the worse or unhappy?

Some try to outdo others in their spending. Some expect a certain quantity of presents. Some are grateful for just one. Let's think about the real meaning of this time of year, let's concentrate on the important aspects of the season of peace and goodwill to all men (and women of course!). Whatever our religion, or perhaps we have none, we can all relate to kindness, friendship, the wonders of a crisp winter's day and the joy of family.

So, thank you to Perspycacious for spurring me on and here we go!


Every Picture tells a Christmas Story

Frost on Berries
Frost on Berries | Source
Blackbird sings for his supper
Blackbird sings for his supper | Source
the Decorated Tree
the Decorated Tree | Source
Party Time!
Party Time! | Source
Presents!
Presents! | Source
Crisp, deep, fresh snow
Crisp, deep, fresh snow | Source

Haikus for Christmas (And the Blackbird Sings)



Christmas berries glow

with frosted snow - but wait!

Blackbird steals them all.





Blackbird puffed up, cold,

thirsts when water’s ice - die?

No! That boy leaves drink.





Boy goes in to Mum,

No presents round the tree - 'cos

no money for treats.




Food money gone too.

Envelope is pushed through door.

What?! Mum can’t believe.




Invited to a

neighbour’s house to partake - wow!

a Christmas party.




Christmas party, fun

and games. The boy has presents.

What a day! All joy.




Mum is thankful but

nothing to give in return.

Nothing expected.




Boy rises, flings arms

wide with gratitude - a kiss

planted on the cheek.




Neighbour smiles at such

a gift; no more is needed

on this precious day.


And the blackbird sings.


Copyright annart/AFC 2014

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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Lady_E: Thank you for your kind comment. Glad you liked this.

Hope you enjoy the bank holiday too. Think we might get some sunshine!

Ann


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Lady_E 15 months ago from London, UK

Lovely Haiku with a beautiful layout.

Thanks and have a happy Bank Holiday.


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annart 19 months ago from SW England Author

torrilynn: Thanks for your comments. I enjoy haikus because one has to be disciplined and the choice of words specific; it's fun to do. I'm glad you enjoyed this one.

Ann


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torrilynn 19 months ago

I absolutely love haikus and i like how you related this particular one to Christmas. great job.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Mary, for such a wonderful comment and for your votes. I enjoyed writing this and I do so love Christmas and the snow!

Ann


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Kevin, for your lovely comment and votes. Good to see you today.

Ann


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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York

I'm glad you "got on with it" too. Great haikus with the true spirit of Christmas.

Voted up, useful, and awesome.


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The Examiner-1 23 months ago

I liked your poem Ann. I gave it thumbs up and pinned.

Kevin


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

DDE: Thank you. Yes, the heart means everything. Thanks for stopping by. I hope 2015 is a great year for you too.

Ann


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DDE 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Christmas to me means a whole day with family. I like the photos. The true meaning of life is in the heart. A Happy New Year to you.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Martie. I too heartily believe in giving gifts to children. The balance is not always easy to find but we try!

Thanks for reading and for your comment; much appreciated.

Ann


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa

Some thought-provoking haikus about Christmas. Thank you, annart :) I believe in giving gifts for children, but in moderation in order for them to experience the joy of receiving gifts as a surprise/bonus. Knowing the joy of receiving will encourage them one day to be givers of gifts. However, in adulthood, we all know our financial limitations, and we also know that love is the best gift to be given and to be received.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Well, thank you, Genna, for your wonderful comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I've just spent some wonderful days with my family and we all enjoyed the true spirit of Christmas.

Here comes the New Year! Hope it's good to you and yours.

Ann


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Genna East 23 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Well, I’m very pleased you “got on with it,” Ann. Haiku is not easy to write, but these stunning, clever vignettes impart the true spirit of Christmas. Simply beautiful.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

AliciaC: Thank you! I think it's important, too, to make sure we think about the reason for Christmas and the material approach doesn't take over. I appreciate your comment.


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AliciaC 23 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a lovely Christmas story, Ann. It contains a very important message about the Christmas spirit.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, manatita. I do have a go at the traditional style once in a while and try to be true to it, though it depends on the subject!

Great appreciate your continued support and comments. Happiness and peace to you also.

Ann


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manatita44 23 months ago from london

Very, very sweet Ann. I really liked it. A great attempt at Haiku.

Keep going and do a few in the traditional Japanese style. Happy Somerset, 2015, and continue to be happy Children! He he he. (grin, grin) Peace.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Shyron, for your kind comment and the votes.

I'm looking forward to reading your haikus.

Ann


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Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago

Beautiful Ann, I also must do some haikus and plan as soon as possible.

I really enjoyed yours.

Voted up ABI and shared

Blessings

Shyron


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Iris. Glad you like this. I find haiku makes me choose words carefully; a good discipline!

Ann


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Iris Draak 23 months ago from Boise, Idaho

I've always like haiku. Yours are very nice. :)


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Dora! I enjoyed writing this; in fact, the characters just moved themselves along and took me with them. I love it when that happens.

Thanks for reading; lovely to see you this evening.

Ann


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MsDora 23 months ago from The Caribbean

Seems that everyone in your poem is satisfied. You proved that love, peace and joy are the real Christmas gifts


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

BlossomSB: Thank you very much. I'm glad you liked it.

Christmas wishes to you and I hope you have a great 2015.

Ann


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

FlourishAnyway: Thank you kindly. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year.

Ann


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BlossomSB 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

So lovely. Christmas blessings.


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FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

Ann, these are beautifully written. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Harishprashad: Thank you for reading and sharing Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you too!

Ann


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, bill. I'm honoured to spend part of Christmas with you.

We haven't started eating yet so looking forward to it all. Enjoy vegging out and the rest of your day!

Ann :))


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Audrey! Hope you have a great Christmas time too.

Ann


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Harishprasad 23 months ago from India

This is a real Christmas and what a joy to savor these beautiful verses ! Festivities with caring and sharing enhances their spirit and flavor. Loved reading this beautiful hub, written with all love and affection in heart and soul ! Merry Christmas to you and all !


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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

I am recovering from eating too much, and I thought I would recover with you. You did not let me down. Loved the message in haiku. Thank you for spending part of Christmas with me. :)

bill


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AudreyHowitt 23 months ago from California

Lovely, lovely set! Happy holidays to you!


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Catherine. What a lovely comment.

Ann


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CatherineGiordano 23 months ago from Orlando Florida

Very nice use of haikus to tell a seasonal story. It's like a gift.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

You're right, Jamie. I can't remember what I've already said to whom!

Thanks for dropping by. You have a great Christmas too (or have I said that already?)!!

Ann


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jhamann 23 months ago from Reno NV

Merry Christmas Ann! I think I have shared many Christmas greetings this year but there is so much spirit I am bursting. Jamie


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks very much, John. Glad you enjoyed it. Just a little Christmas message and I haven't done haiku for a while.

Have a wonderful Christmas Day.

Ann


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Wow! What a wonderful comment, Frank. Thank you so much.

Happy Christmas to you.

Ann


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Vellur: Thank you very much. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Ann


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

A very enjoyable Christmas story using great haiku Ann. I enjoyed this very much. Have an amazing Christmas.


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

what a wonderful collection of joyous words voted awesome


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Vellur 23 months ago from Dubai

Lovely haiku, beautifully expressed.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

And thanks for the votes and sharing, Faith!


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Faith. I love the boundaries that haiku dictate and you can be quite quirky with them if you want.

I love all the wild berries, especially on the Rowan Tree. Our next door neighbour has an array of berries at this time of year and the blackbirds have a wail of a time; they're never short of a snack. Blackbirds are my favourite birds too.

We do occasionally get snow like that here, though more so in the South East and of course in the North. I've cheated a bit here though as that was taken in Norway - you can just see the reindeer in the background!

Thank you for your lovely comment and for your continued support, Faith.

Enjoy this wonderful season with your family. Love & hugs to you too.

Ann


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Ericdierker: Thank you for your lovely compliment. I'm glad you 'enjoyed' this. I'm pleased that it's brought forth some emotion as was intended though I didn't mean to make you cry! Going soft is good.

Happy Christmas to you and yours.

Ann


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

always exploring: Thank you for your lovely words; there are indeed too many without joy and we think of them as we appreciate our own fortunate situation. Hopefully we give something or give of ourselves to help when we can.

Peace is definitely the word. All the best to you for this Christmas season and beyond.

Ann


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Oh, voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning and sharing, of course!


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Oh, what lovely haiku poetry for Christmas! You are wonderful at writing haiku. I love each one here and your personal photos are a delight. Wow, that is a lot of snow there!

I remember last Christmas I went out to pick some holly for inside decoration, and to my surprise, no berries! I had not clue, at the time, why there were no berries. However, I soon learned about the birds swooping down and eating one of them! This year, I have some.

Truly, the most special times are shared with our beloved family, presents or not. The best gift is the giving of ourselves in love.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, dear Ann.

Thank you for these lovely haiku poems.

(((Hugs))) and much love always


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Ericdierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I must be getting pretty soft in my dotage. This had me all teary eyed. What a splendid job you have done in capturing the love of Christmas. Thank you.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

Your haiku speaks the true meaning of Christmas. It's not the presents but the joy of family. So many throughout the world are without any joy due to famine and hateful wars. Thank you, your message is heartfelt...

Peace..


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

whonunuwho: Thank you. I appreciate you stopping by.

Ann


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whonunuwho 23 months ago from United States

This does express the true meaning of the Christmas spirit, my friend. whonu

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