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The Christmas Stockings

Children far too young to realize 
That some things in life you should prize
We had no jobs and no takings
Bare was the Christmas stockings

Scrounging colourful material 
Lace, chintz and chiffon ethereal 
Ribbons included in the making
A show for the Christmas stockings

Balls of red and green and scrap yarn
Imaginary faces darn’
On beautiful princess and kings
Displayed in the Christmas stockings

Plywood and some leftover paint
Canopy bed fit for a saint
Pea under mattress, her liking
Endured for the Christmas stockings

A penguin made of black felt
A hobgoblin with a scarlet belt
‘Gold’  jewellery box,  flaking
Accepted for the Christmas stockings

Coconut ice cut into stars
Liquorice plaited into bars
Brownies and tarts kept me baking
Produced for the Christmas stockings

My daughter was five that year
Son’s smiles, laughter brought a tear
After all this time – despite mocking
Treasuring the Christmas stockings

Grandchildren, by the Grace of God
Who, I pray, shall all be well shod
Now, material gathered for the making
Of the future Christmas stockings


We celebrate the summer solstice over here and the only thing we have in common with our northern hemisphere counterparts is the traditional Christmas stockings. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2012

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Date: 12/7/2014 8:15:00 PM
My stockings are hanging on the mantle. Congratulations on your win.
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Date: 12/7/2014 2:23:00 PM
Congratulations on your win with this delightful story of your Christmas.
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Date: 12/6/2014 9:00:00 AM
Congratulations, Suzette, enjoyed the story. Blessings eve
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Date: 12/6/2014 8:38:00 AM
Very charming write, congrats on the win
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Date: 12/6/2014 8:36:00 AM
Merry Christmas to you as well! Congratulations.
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Date: 12/5/2014 9:19:00 PM
Then we share an important part of Christmas. When I was a child we had no mantel to hang our stocking, but we draped them over chairs and on tables and Santa found every one. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce
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Date: 12/5/2014 3:56:00 PM
such a delightful write -I still put a stocking out for my son just like we used to have as a child:-) many congrats:-) Hugs jan xxx
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Date: 1/12/2013 12:08:00 PM
Suzette, Congratulations, a wonderful win*SKAT
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Date: 1/9/2013 4:13:00 PM
Congrats on your great winning work...Creative write that you have penned..Sara
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Date: 1/4/2013 12:11:00 PM
Thank you friends for leaving comments - I am glad that I could impart the message of what Christmas means to me and my family. Love, Su
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Date: 1/3/2013 11:23:00 PM
Nice to hear about Christmas stockings, Congrats to you:) Jag
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Date: 1/3/2013 5:35:00 PM
congrats on your win Su
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Date: 1/3/2013 4:46:00 PM
The Christmas stocking was the big part of my childhood Christmas.. We used every day stockings to fill with goodies. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce
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Date: 1/3/2013 11:16:00 AM
Great story, I enjoyed! Congratulations on your win.
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Date: 1/3/2013 10:16:00 AM
how cool to know this about your country and its traditions. Cool poem too, and BIG congrats on that third place. I'm honored to share a place with you. Luv, andrea
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Date: 12/12/2012 11:08:00 AM
An awesome Kyrielle poem for Christmas ! I love it my dear friend, Su. I enjoyed reading your poem and the very wonderful image shared about your unique celebration. I love the form too. How i wish I can write this form when I have sufficient time. Million thanks for sharing and have an advance merry merry Christmas to you and your family! love and big hugs, Leonora
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