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

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Ann enjoys writing about social issues, inspired by something topical or personal experience. She finds common sense lacking in politics.

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. 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

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Frost on BerriesBlackbird sings for his supperthe Decorated TreeParty Time!Presents!Crisp, deep, fresh snow
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.


AFC 2014


Christmas Connections

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A Favourite on Christmas CardsVictorian Bon-Bon Slipper for hanging on the Christmas TreeChristmas with Mum & sister-in-lawChristmas time with Mum & DadChristmas Tree Touching the Ceiling
A Favourite on Christmas Cards
A Favourite on Christmas Cards | Source
Victorian Bon-Bon Slipper for hanging on the Christmas Tree
Victorian Bon-Bon Slipper for hanging on the Christmas Tree | Source
Christmas with Mum & sister-in-law
Christmas with Mum & sister-in-law | Source
Christmas time with Mum & Dad
Christmas time with Mum & Dad | Source
Christmas Tree Touching the Ceiling
Christmas Tree Touching the Ceiling | Source

More Information about Christmas

Christmas:

  • a festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on 25th December as a religious and cultural celebration around the world
  • before it in the Church calendar comes Advent, starting on 1st December (Advent Calendars etc.)
  • Christmas time historically (in the West) lasts for twelve days, culminating on Twelfth Night (6th January or Epiphany - the visit of the Magi)
  • In simple terms the word comes from ‘Christ’ and ‘mass’ - the religious celebration of Christ
  • the traditional Christmas story described in the New Testament narrates that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, of Mary and Joseph of Nazareth.
  • Due to the presence of many people arriving for a census, there was no accommodation available so Mary and Joseph were offered a stable for shelter; in that stable Jesus was born.
  • Public holiday, religious and cultural.
  • In several countries, especially in Europe, there are celebrations on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day which is much quieter in contrast
  • In Britain Christmas is celebrated on the 25th, usually with a special family lunch traditionally of turkey or goose with many trimmings
  • Presents are exchanged usually on 25th
  • December 26th is Boxing Day in Britain; this comes from the Victorian practice of giving presents (in boxes) on that day instead of the more religious aspect of the 25th. Boxing Day is also the day for going for walks with family, or going to see the Hunt set forth in all its tradition, finery and noise (though this is not so popular due to the understandable decline of support for fox-hunting)
  • There are various differences in the choice of date or calendars used (e.g. Gregorian - 25th December; Julian - 7th January)
  • The choice of 25th December was influenced by several factors; it was the date of the Romans’ winter solstice, the shortest and so darkest day of the year; it is nine months after the Annunciation when the conception of Jesus is celebrated; the Romans celebrated a series of pagan festivals towards the end of the year, so it’s possible that Christmas was scheduled to coincide or compete with one or more of those,
  • or it could have been the other way round, the Roman pagans placing a celebration on that date to compete with the already established Christian one
  • Apart from Advent Calendars, the sending of cards and the giving of presents, Christmas is also represented by the singing of Carols (caroling), lighting candles (Christingle), decorating Christmas trees & rooms, placing wreaths on front doors, Nativity plays, special church services, a special meal, lights on houses (this has become competitive from one street to the next!), mistletoe (for kissing under) & holly
  • Special Christmas Pudding and Christmas Cake is made for Christmas Day, a mixture of fruit, alcohol etc thus being quite a dense but moist mixture; the cake having marzipan and thick icing atop, decorated with relevant figures; the pudding having a sixpence hidden inside for someone to find (usually a child of the family)
  • Christmas Eve often denotes the leaving of food and drink out for Santa and the reindeer, such as a mince pie, a carrot and a glass of wine or something stronger!
  • Santa is short for Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick and Christkind. They fly in a sleigh drawn by reindeer and bring gifts to children, left under the tree or at the end of the bed, on Christmas Eve. Rudolf the Reindeer guides the sleigh as he’s the one with the red nose!


with help from:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas


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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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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      Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely Haiku with a beautiful layout.

      Thanks and have a happy Bank Holiday.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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 2 years ago

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

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

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

      Ann

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      Mary Craig 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

      Kevin

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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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      Devika Primić 2 years 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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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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      Martie Coetser 2 years 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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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 2 years 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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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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      Linda Crampton 2 years 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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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 2 years 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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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 2 years ago from Texas

      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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

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

      Ann

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

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

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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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      Dora Weithers 2 years 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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

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

      Ann

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      So lovely. Christmas blessings.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

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

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Harishprashad: Thank you for reading and sharing Christmas.

      Merry Christmas to you too!

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

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

      Ann

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years 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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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Lovely, lovely set! Happy holidays to you!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Thanks, Catherine. What a lovely comment.

      Ann

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

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

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years 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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

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

      Happy Christmas to you.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

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

      Ann

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      John Hansen 2 years 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 2 years ago from Shelton

      what a wonderful collection of joyous words voted awesome

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Lovely haiku, beautifully expressed.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      And thanks for the votes and sharing, Faith!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      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 2 years ago from southern USA

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

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      Faith Reaper 2 years 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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      Eric Dierker 2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years 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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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      whonunuwho: Thank you. I appreciate you stopping by.

      Ann

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

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