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Christmas Without Grandma

Updated on October 3, 2012

I Missed Grandma on Christmas Day.

photo: me & Grandma @ my graduation,  1984.
photo: me & Grandma @ my graduation, 1984. | Source


This writer's Grandmother passed away in 1994. Christmas had always been her favorite time of all. There are also others who are in attendance at the family party that do not come anymore. Here is a poem that reflects what emotion the holidays bring, and this dedication is to all those who were not there, especially Grandma.

When Not Everyone Attends The Party

I am sorry you
Missed the party.
I understand there
Was a good reason.

Were you infirm?
Did my favorite couple separate?
Not getting along?

Is that special someone
We don't see
Is no longer with us?

You'll be missed.
We are getting older.
Other things to do.

Maybe they moved
Too far away.

Maybe the employer
Said, "Bah Humbug!"
You have to
Go to
Work anyway.

There's an empty chair.
The space under the
Christmas tree
Once held that present.

The Fine Wine,
The Fine Dine,
The fun conversations-
Not the same without you.

If you don't
Answer your phone,
I'll pray for you.
Your presence
Will be missed.

But only
God knows
How we can
Still celebrate.

We'll still have
Joy celebrating.
The holiday will
Continue to be
If I see you or not.
But the
Are priceless.

How I feel about you:
You will always exist
In My Heart.

Copyright @2011 CMCastro


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    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh My dear.. we miss our loved ones this time of year.. this is my second Christmas without my mom.. I dont even go home any more.. I was always there to be with my mom.. although the tears flow I do know she is with Jesus.. she is in no more pain.. God Bless you .. I pray you have a wonderful Christmas


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      HLPhoenix 5 years ago

      This poem reminds us all not just of those who can no longer attend as they are no longer with us... but of all the other reasons we are missing family and friends at our Holiday Parties. Thanks.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      It is a sad time when we no longer have our loved ones during the Holidays and through out the year..Very sweet poem written from the heart.



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      richtwf 7 years ago

      Beautiful poem with sad message Twin Sis. Christmas is always a time of happiness tinged with the sadness of those loved ones absent from our lives. I'm sure your grandmother is smiling down at you.

      God bless and enjoy the rest of your Christmas with your family.

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      carrie450 7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      A very beautiful heartfelt poem CMCastro. Well written.

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      Michael Adams1959 7 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      Thank you for the beautiful poem remembering loved ones at this season, I lost my dad 12-8-2009. Again thank you great poem

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      Moon Willow Lake 7 years ago

      Thank-you for the poem. I have lost someone close to me on 1/1/10. He will always be in my heart no matter what.