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A Poem about the Holiday.

Updated on November 29, 2014

The Holiday is Finally Here!

Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is here.

The malls are getting crowded,

there are shoppers everywhere!

As I carry my list of what to get,

for my children and grandchildren

and even my pet!

I feel overwhelmed,

there is so much to do.

I have to buy presents

and yet I have no clue.

I still need to decorate,

haven't bought the tree.

Then there is the food,

now it's getting crazy.

Just slow down I say,

and don't stress.

This is a happy time

I need to rest.

So I sit at bench

as the shoppers go by.

I remember Christmas Dinner

and yes, I did survive.

Sure there is

never enough time.

Food shopping,

present wrapping,

tree decorating!

Someone pass me

the Wine!

Finally I snap out of my daze.

What am I doing?

Why am I so crazed?

Stop it Lisa,

I say to myself.

This is not about

stress, money

or wealth.

The Holiday is about

family, giving

and loving one another.

So what if that sweater

is never worn by

your brother.

So my advice to you

is enjoy the holiday.

It comes once a year.

Spend time with

your family.

Oh one last thing.

Pass me a beer!

Author's Note

I know the holiday season can be stressful. We have to balance everyday life with the holidays. In our spare time (which is little) we must shop for presents, decorate the house inside and out. There is food shopping to do and the crowds on the roads and in the stores are endless. Finding a parking spot is impossible (unless you park so far from the store). If you live on the east coast you may be battling a snowstorm. So to all my fellow hubbers. Take a deep breath, find time to rest and relax. Remember the holiday is not about how much you spent, how many gifts you have to buy or all the food you cooked. It is about being with family and friends. It is more than just gift giving, it is about the love and friendships we have formed. It is to be enjoyed. So Happy Holidays to All.


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    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you mary for stopping by to read. Yes Thanksgiving and Christmas come by so fast and are we ever ready? Yet we do survive and being with our families are moments to be treasured.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      3 years ago from Florida

      I think Thanksgiving and Christmas are just too close together! We could never move Christmas, but we could give thanks at any time of the year! Wonder if anyone else ever thought of that??

      Loved your photos.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you dghbrh and peachpurple. Yes the holiday is over but now we approach the upcoming events in 2015. I am a Director of Recreation and today we celebrated Mardi Gras with decorations, desserts and entertainment. Last Friday we celebrated Valentine's Day and next month will be St. Patrick's Day. So as a Director almost every month is some sort of holiday for our residents. Thank you for reading and commenting

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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      24 hours a day is still not eniugh for me when holiday starts, good poem

    • dghbrh profile image


      3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Though its a poem for the holiday time I loved reading it. Thank you for this share. Shared and Votes up.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Yes it did turn out to be wonderful, but very exhausting. Thank you for stopping by to read my hub.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hoping you did find a way to enjoy the holidays. It can be stressful if we let it overwhelm us.

      Angels are on the way to you today. ps

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Denise. Yes often Christmas becomes very material and all about money. We need to stop stressing and enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by to read. Have a Happy Holiday to you and your family.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you DDE for stopping by to read. Have a Happy Holiday to you and your family.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Alicia. Yes we need to enjoy the holiday and not stress about money and everything in my hub. Thank you for stopping by to read and have a Happy Holiday!

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Sweetpikez. I agree it is not about how much money we spend and material things. The holidays are about being happy and enjoying life, our family and friends. Thank you for stopping by to read and voting this hub up. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Sparklea. Wow you really had some tough times, but with Gods Grace you got through it. I am so glad you are feeling better. I had 30 people over for Thanksgiving Dinner. Mostly family and some friends. Thank God my husband does the cooking and I was off from work Friday and back to work Monday. I am a Recreation Director in a nursing home, so when I got back to work Monday well I have been along with my great staff; decorating the entire inside of the building. It took three days, six trees and many decorations later, but we are done. It looks beautiful and the residents/patients are happy, which makes me happy. That being said I am exhausted and it is only Wendesday. I have yet to decorate my own house, maybe this weekend if I have the energy. Thank you for your kind words and voting my hub up. Hae a Great Holiday!

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      Denise W Anderson 

      3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      This is a great reminder of what Christmas is all about- love!

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Happy Holidays! A wonderful write up from you.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've shared some great advice in your hub, Lisa. Thanks for reminding us to celebrate the love and joy of Christmas.

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      Pinky de Garcia 

      3 years ago

      Dear lisavanvorst,

      Happy holidays!

      This hub must be on the top list of all readers. This is very timely.This has humor but at the same time gives head up to all of us. Holidays are not for material things. It's more on the things that money can't buy. I enjoy reading this piece.

      Voted up and other description.

      Seasons greetings,


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      3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi Lisa: Whew! I have to lay down now! You had my head spinning which means you did an excellent job of describing probably 99.99% of the population at Christmas~! My husband and I are just recovering from Thanksgiving! 10 people for dinner.

      I have eliminated A lot of things, which has made Christmas less stressful.

      Two years ago in November I had major surgery, and the recovery was a nightmare. I was in the hospital on Thanksgiving day, with a nasal gastric tube, so I could not even eat! I came home and I was admitted a third time with another nasal gastric tube...I could not eat for 7 days, and I was discharged Christmas Eve. I could not write one card, bake one cookie, buy any gifts, or make my cinnamon buns.

      That experience totally changed my perception of the holidays.

      Christmas morning I was back in the emergency room, but was okay and able to go home. I was so weak. That night my husband bundled me up, put me in the warm car, and he drove me through the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights. We had canned spaghetti for supper.

      We finally were able to make a turkey dinner and invite the family over for Valentine's Day to celebrate Christmas!

      And you know what? We all survived! My greatest Christmas gift was getting well.

      We have totally eliminated stockings which has saved time and money. Instead, I give my grandchildren a beautiful Christmas card with money in it and gift cards which they love. (What kid does not love receiving money?) I do as many cards as I can, what does not get done does not get done. We bought a Charlie Brown tree and it is beautiful. I'm so glad to be feeling good that now I just keep my Christmas list on the computer...print it out each year. When I go out I just list a few people's names...then go directly to the store and buy what they have put on their wish list. Just a few things at a time.

      I also have a Christmas Club which I contribute to every time I get paid. That way I do not charge one thing.

      These are just a few little suggestions which have benefitted me greatly, but getting sick was the worst and best Christmas ever. I learned so very much.

      Your hub was spot on, which I can truly relate to! Most important, I cherish the Christmas season because it is truly about the birth of Jesus Christ who was born to save us...and knowing how much God loves us, is the greatest gift of all. I don't know what I would do without His love, grace and mercy. I thank God for Christmas! God bless and thank you for this write. I especially love your postcard that reads, Christmas is in your heart." Voted up and beautiful. Sparklea

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Yes, a little wine and beer makes things easier to handle. We do some how get through it. Thanks for reading.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Your welcome. I think we can all relate to the hectic times of the holiday season. However it really is quite beautiful once all the decorations are up and gifts are wrapped. Thank you for stopping by to read.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I had to laugh at the wine and beer needed. It really is a busy time but we always get through it somehow. Thank's for sharing..

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      3 years ago from United States

      Thanks for your poem of Christmas time. Well done and so down to earth. whonu

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Frank. I wanted to start the season on a happy and yet humorous note. Thank you for reading. Thank you for voting it up.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Eric. Hey those decorations mean you are already in the spirit of the holidays. Thank you for stopping by to read.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      Lisa this poem was indeed seasonal appropriate.. yep voted up and shared

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Hi Lisa, I put 3 candles in my windows and a snowman doorknob hanger, maybe a wreath and I'll be done, luckily as a man it is easier for me to do less during the holidays, especially since I can be a Grinch... Happy Holdiays, 26 days to go.


    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Jodah. I have not started my shopping or decorating yet. Just getting over Thanksgiving, but yet so much to do. Thanks for voting up.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful Christmas poem Lisa, I can relate.We haven't done anything much to do. Voted up..have a good one.


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