A Christmas of Love

The wind was harsh

And snowflakes swirled all about

It was Christmas Eve

And he should have been at home

With his family

A brightly lit Christmas tree

Fire in the fireplace

His little daughter

Happily toddling about

Instead he was roaming the streets

His mind in a jumble

Making his heart ache

With each decorated house he saw

The Christmas lights

Merrily twinkling

In the dark night

Even though it was snowing

The stars were out

In the frosty night sky

There were lighted Santas

And merry snowmen

Then he stopped by a house

With a large picture window

A family was gathered

Laughing and happy

By a Christmas tree

And every silvery strand of tinsel

That he could see

Brought a hot tear

That coursed down his frozen cheeks

If was then that he took the time

To reflect on what had happened

All of the years before

His wife’s ruined dinners

His late home comings

Another business trip

Taking him away

He was away the day his daughter was born

And on and on

Until one day she’d said

That she loved him

But she couldn’t live their life

For the two of them

He didn’t live he existed

For his job and money

He never thought of it that way

Until the day his wife

Told him to just go away

And the little tearful face

That couldn’t understand

Why daddy was leaving

If had taken him a year

To put it all together

To realize what life was really all about

But his wife no longer believed

And he wondered what they were doing this Christmas

He had decided that family came first

But would she take him back?

Or was there another already with them?

How silly it all seemed now

To put work above all

All that meant so much and more

Just for that extra dollar

And he had to wonder why?

Right then and there he made his move

He spun about and headed for his car

He would bring them Christmas

And he would bring them love

But when he got to their house

It was dark and empty

She hadn’t even had Christmas lights put on

And he wondered where they were spending Christmas

After a long year of painful thoughts

A year of a child wanting her daddy

She had decided it no longer mattered

She would do what she could to change him

And so she had decided to bring Christmas

To him at his apartment

When bewildered and feeling lost

He opened his door

The lights came flickering on

First he saw the lighted Christmas tree

Then a small form hurled at him

And a little laughing face was looking up at him

A little unsure and scared

His wife said, “I brought you Christmas and love”

They took it all back home

And they had the best of Christmases

And knew that it would be

A shiny, New Year for all three

© 2013 Gypsy Rose Lee

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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

This was lovely. Perfect for Christmas and such a clear message.


Valleypoet 2 years ago

I love your Christmas poems Gypsy, and this one is no exception...thanks for sharing it...all the very best to you in this holiday season:-))


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wetnosedogs 2 years ago from Alabama

Aw, I love the ending. So Christmas-y and happy.


ocfireflies 2 years ago

GRL,

Thanks for reminding us with your beautiful words how the season can bring love into our lives.

Blessings,

Kim


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is so beautiful. A happy ending and a lesson for all. Thank you...


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Very heart warming. Merry Christmas Gypsy and thanks for all the poetry. Jamie


Rayne123 2 years ago

Beautiful message

Great story and poem

Blessings

Laurie


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

A wonderful poem written so beautifully. An amazing story with a happy ending, loved it all. Great write. Voted up.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

wow beautiful message, love the way you spun the message


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old albion 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

A totally unexpected end Rasma. A lovely story.

Graham.


Ghaelach 2 years ago

This is the second hub within an hour that has brought a tear to my eyes. Your story had the same effect as Will Starr's "Was it meant to be" I read a short time ago for the second time in 9 months.

You have written a beautiful story of which I think will happen often over the next couple of weeks.

Take care, keep warm and have a nice weekend.

LOL Ghaelach


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Aaah.. a heart-warming story for Christmas time. Lovely! Ann


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

I love this soo much-a short-story/poem with a very important message. Christmas is a time for hope, transformation and love. Thanks for inspiring me today :-) God Bless you this Christmas season.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Wishing you a Christmas of love, Rasma!


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Lovely poem with a happy ending! Let's pray that this is played out in many homes this Christmas. Happy and holy Christmas, Rasma!


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Gypsy - I loved the poem/story and I really loved the pictures. We have never have snow at Christmas. Blessings! :) Theresa


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torrilynn 2 years ago

I absolutely loved this! He realized that his family was most important of all and I'm happy that they were reunited. Voted up and Beautiful. I can't wait to read more. Best of Wishes !


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your holidays. Best wishes to you all.

Glad you enjoyed this Anna. Lot's of different things happen on the holidays and if you can find love again then it's all worth it.

Glad you enjoyed this Valleypoet.

Glad you enjoyed this wetnosedogs.

Yes this season can bring love into our hearts Kim.

Glad you enjoyed this Ruby.

Glad you enjoy it Jamie.

Glad you enjoyed this Laurie.

Happy endings are always the best Vellur. Thanks for the vote.

Glad you enjoyed this Frank. The holidays can make us realize what is important and what isn't.

Glad you enjoyed this Graham.

The holidays bring lots of inspiration Ghaelach.

Glad you enjoyed this Ann.

Christmas time always brings hope Linda. Blessings.

Wonderful combination Christmas and love Bill.

Best time to realize the importance of love Blossom.

Christmas is a time for love. Glad you liked the pics. Had snow but it melted. Blessings.

Great to realize what is important on the holidays torrilynn. Thanks for the vote.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

So beautiful and listening to the song now. Perfect.


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starstream 2 years ago from Northern California

This is a positive ending and could very well cause at least one family to reunite. Thanks for creating this message of hope. We all need to see our hope materialize. I am sharing it.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Hope you both have a bright and shiny New Year

Glad you enjoyed this Jackie. Always loved that song by Roy.

Glad you enjoyed this starstream. Holidays have a way of uniting. Thanks for the share.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Aw, how lovely, Gypsy! I love it when it all works out and happiness is the end result.

Up and more and sharing.

I hope you had a blessed Christmas.

God bless,

Faith Reaper


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you enjoyed this Faith. Thanks for the vote and share. Christmas was quietly celebrated at home. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. God bless.

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