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It Was The Day After Christmas - A Poem: by Alexander Fidelibus (my father)

Updated on December 21, 2012

It was the day after Christmas, the excitement had lessened

But there was one little girl who had lots of questions

She'd received many gifts and presents galore

In fact all she asked and even more.

She pondered and questioned, "How can this be?

How did these presents get under my tree?"

She knew Santa brought them, as he had in the past

But how could he perform such an impossible task?

For she knew for a fact, reindeer can't fly.

So how could they maneuver through the night sky?

And just how many presents could he put in his sleigh?

For all the world's children?

Would they fit?

"No way"

And how could he, Santa I mean,

Go down the chimney and still stay clean?

Make all these deliveries in just one night's work

Come on, let's get real, do you think I'm a jerk?

No way could this happen

No way could this be

It would take such a miracle as you ever would see

Then she paused and reflected

What is Christmas for?

It's a birthday celebration no less and no more

And exactly what did the birthday boy do?

Why he performed miracles, for me and for you

And if he made the land, sea and sky

he certainly could make a reindeer fly

Delivering presents could be easily done

He could certainly create Santa, if he created the sun

Her questions were answered, her mind was at rest

This birthday celebration was simply the best

I hope you enjoyed my father's Christmas poem from his book:

A Bricklayer's Inspiration: Art and Verse for the Rest of Us

When I was a little girl I would tell my father, "You are the most talented dad in the world. You can draw, write poems, sing, dance, juggle, play the piano and harmonica; there is nothing you can't do."

Years later I am still saying the same thing.

I hope you buy and enjoy my dad's collection of original poems and art work he has created over the years. It will take you on a journey of his life and his love of my mother, Gloria.

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      Ms. Immortal 3 years ago from NJ

      Gary! So nice to hear from you! I am so sorry to hear about your parents. I didn't know that your mother had passed on, when did this happen? I always enjoyed spending time with your parents, they were always so cheerful and upbeat. My dad is still around living in Ohio and I am sure would love to hear from you.

      Thanks for getting in touch with me and Good Bless you and yours too.

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      Gary M. 3 years ago

      Cathy - this is Betty and Dan's son Gary. They both have passed on. When I was cleaning out all of their stuff, I found a copy of your father's book. He was a great man and your mother was wonderful. I have very fond memories of our families getting together when we were kids. I worked with your father a couple of summers. Hardest work I ever did. But you dad made me laugh all day long. God Bless you and your family.

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      Jonathan McCloskey 3 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Splendid poetry, your father must've have been just as talented as you claim him to be! Voting up and sharing.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Thank you and you are welcome!

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      AnnaCia 4 years ago

      Beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      You are welcom, thanks for letting me know :O)

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      AnnaCia 4 years ago

      I love this poem. Thank you for sharing.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Robin,

      I agree, I am very fortunate to have had such a wonderful upbringing. My parents were both very loving.

      Thank you for sharing my dad's poem, I appreciate it so much.

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      You are a very fortunate young woman to come from such an astounding foundation. There is no substitute for a healthy foundation and parents who nurture and love you.

      Your dad's poem is lovely and I will share this on my Twitter acct.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Mike,

      Thank you so much your wonderful compliment and for sharing, it is appreciated.

      I will pass your wishes along to my father and Merry Christmas!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      A gorgeous, flattering poem that truly captured the beauty of Christmas!

      Merry Christmas back to you and your Father :) Voded and shared all the ways

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      marcoujor,

      Thanks for you comment, it's so nice meeting you too!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What a wonderful introduction to you, Cathy, and your amazingly talented Dad.

      I look forward to checking more out from your corner. Hugs, Maria

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      mary,

      So nice to meet you Mary. I will tell my dad what you said and see if I can't persuade him to join hubpages.

      Thanks for your comment :o)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Your father is truly a talented man. I loved his poem here. Have you asked him to join HubPages? His talent would certainly be appreciated here.

      We tend to forget whose birthday Christmas celebrates, this is a good reminder.

      So nice to "meet you" today, Merry Christmas, Mary

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Your Cousins,

      Thank you so much for your comment and vote!

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      What a wonderful and unique way to look at Christmas and miracles. Voted Up and Awesome!

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Peggy W,

      thanks so much for such a wonderful compliment. My favorite poem of my dads (I still can't read without crying) "Valentine Miracle" a poem he wrote for mom.

      If you go on Amazon you can look in his book and see a sampling of some of his other poems, including my second favorite (another one I can not read without crying) "Brother's Under the Skin."

      The portrait that is shown is not my father's art work but mine; a charcoal portrait of my mom and dad.

      Unfortunately, my dad's art work is not shown but his charcoals are worth getting the book for. I have them plastered all over my house.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your dad's explanation of Santa, the flying reindeer and the birth of the Christ child was so nicely done in this poem. If this is any example of the rest of his poetry, he should have a winner on his hands with the sale of his book. Is the artwork on this hub also his art? If so, well done! You should give a credit line to him. Voted up and interesting.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      prasonline,

      Thanks so much for your comment. Merry x-mas :o)

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      Prasanna Marlin 4 years ago from Sri lanka

      Great!, merry christmas poem in xmas season

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Jools,

      Thanks so much for your comment. Yes I agree it is convincing, kind of hard to argue with the logic, if your a believer anyway.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      midget38,

      Thanks for you comment and for passing it on :o)

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      dbuddhika,

      Thank you so much for you compliment and vote!

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      dbuddhika 4 years ago

      Great and very cool poem. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and beautiful

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A great, talented dad you have, Cathy. A beautiful, wise work. Thanks for sharing! I am passing this on!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      What a great poem! Even for a non religious person like me, I can see that this would be a convincing argument for those questions children ask at this time of year, very clever!

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      prasonline,

      Thank you I will pass on the compliment to my father.

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      Prasanna Marlin 4 years ago from Sri lanka

      Very Nice and really like this beautiful poem.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      moonfairy,

      Thank you so much for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This is a delightful poem. Your dad is very talented and I know he loves his daughter lots. You know it's such a coincidence my dad was a Latvian poet and writer. Unfortunately I lost my dad when I was only 10. Hugs and the best of holidays to you.

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      moonfairy 4 years ago

      I really like this a lot. Beautifully written and Santa is brilliantly explained. Thank you for sharing your dad's work =)

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      FullOfLoveSites,

      Thank you for your kind words and will be sure to tell him what you think :o)

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Denise Handlon,

      Reading your wonderful comment and kind words was a great way for me to start the day! Thank you.

      My father is a very special man, now 86, he is still going strong. I hope you enjoy his book.

      I am so sorry to hear about your mom. The loss we feel when a parent dies really never goes away, it just becomes a part of us. I agree you are never too old to lose your mother, I think of her daily as I am sure you think of yours.

      She is still with me and is my inspiration.

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      What a very beautiful poem; your father is a good writer. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and beautiful, interesting. :)

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a very cool poem, Cathy. I am intrigued, indeed, and will most certainly look into his book. What a delight. Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm so sorry to learn of your mother's death through the tumor. It is a most challenging time for those left behind-wanting to save someone and knowing that it is not in our power; learning the lesson of letting go-very important. And, finding an interest in the aftermath. I admire that. My mother died of lung cancer in 2003. One is never too old to miss one's mother. Thanks again for sharing your father's clever poem. Rated it UP/and all across the board.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      shiningirisheyes,

      Thanks, yes he is a special man and I have many fond memories of my child hood, thanks to my dad.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      What a special Dad and your childhood must have been as awesome as this poem.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      travmaj ,

      Thank you! My father is a special man:o)

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      always exploring,

      I am so glad you liked it!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Very lovely meaningful poem - it certainly is a lovely tribute to your father. Thanks.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved the poem very much..Thank's for sharing..

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      xstatic,

      Thank you glad you like it!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A great poem he wrote, thanks for sharing.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      billybuc,

      Thank you for your kind words!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a very talented man, and what a beautiful tribute from a loving daughter.