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Hurry and worry, running out of time

The stress is too much

Losing your mind

Fussing and fretting over lighting display

And sleeping arrangements

For in-laws that stay

Oh what about Bobby? What about Fred?

Is there no relief 

From this season of dread?

The list has grown ragged, rewritten a lot

For how often consulted

Lest one be forgot

Trinkets and baubles wrapped in red shiny bows

Silver bells and baking smells

And reindeer with bright shiny nose

Peace to all and good will to men

Was the purpose of this feast

In a time you cant remember when

You dreaded this day least

In quiet now, a day spent alone

No quarrels to mar the occasion

And marvel at how not using the phone

Completes this sweet isolation


Merry Christmas Writer Beat Friends!


The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 19, 2017 - 4:48pm
Some here may not celebrate Christmas and I respect that choice. There is no malice or deliberate intent to offend your sensibilities by addressing you with this greeting. It is offered in a spirit which seems to have been largely forgotten in this season, a spirit of "Take joy and find light in the darkness" to celebrate your life and be of a giving spirit. You may not find that light in Christ but the message is the same. Find your light in the darkness and celebrate it with those you love as the waning daylight hours of the solstice arrive. In short, Merry Christmas.
Though I've never met any of you in person I consider you all as my writer beat friends, just as friends with whom I might sit around a table.Except for Opher. He's in a class by himself :)  (just takin' the piss, old boy!)
Leroy Added Dec 19, 2017 - 9:02pm
Thanks and Merry Christmas!
Tom C. Purcell Added Dec 19, 2017 - 9:15pm
Nice.  Merry Christmas :)
opher goodwin Added Dec 20, 2017 - 3:19am
Merry Solstice!! May peace and satiation be with you until you are fulfilled!!
Tomorrow the sun with shine for its shortest time. It is the death of the world. But Lo! There is a great rebirth! For instead of dying the sun is resurrected! The days grow longer again and the sun shines stronger.
Us pagans celebrate the rebirth of the world!!
The Christians purloined our great festival but we give it freely! The sun shines on us all.
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 20, 2017 - 4:30am
Thats what I'm talkin' about Opher!  You can call it what you like, but the season is a celebration of the human experience as defined by our terrestrial bounds. 
Stone-Eater Added Dec 20, 2017 - 6:20am
Good one. And I love that twinking eye.
opher goodwin Added Dec 20, 2017 - 9:54am
Burger - let us celebrate before the ground turns to iron, while the green turns to brown and occasionally white. Let us join to give joy that the sun rises and its warmth will bring back the softness and green. For life is worth celebrating and this is the time of rebirth.
Spartacus Added Dec 20, 2017 - 9:57am
There is some great writing here on WB.  Thanks TBH. 
Cheers and happy yuletides to you and your family.
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 20, 2017 - 10:19am
Thank you William and best wishes for the season to you.  You need count your own contributions in there too friend.  
Dino Manalis Added Dec 20, 2017 - 10:58am
Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!
Neil Lock Added Dec 20, 2017 - 3:55pm
Thanks for this, TBH, and your conclusion I think is relevant to many. I still do Christmas events (and lots of them) with my brass band, but otherwise I've given it up. The Christmas cards I receive, I respond to by letter in the New Year.
Opher's paganism seems to have a lot to recommend it!
opher goodwin Added Dec 20, 2017 - 5:21pm
Cheers Neil - we pagans know how to celebrate!! A merry time to one and all and try not to think of the morrow!!
Bembaboy Added Dec 20, 2017 - 7:02pm
I really like the sentiment of your poem, but the name bugs me, sorry, Burhgal Hidage. Why would you identify with a failed system of Military and Civil Governance in the 10th Century Kingdom of Wessex; they were Burhs the A and B documents were named in the 18th Century after some fire damage to A and reliance on a 16th Century documentariste. The century old system failed with a double dose of Norse and Norman attacks circa 1066. It was terribly short sighted not unlike yourself. You could be more self critical and aware.
Bembaboy Added Dec 20, 2017 - 7:03pm
no offense intended
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 20, 2017 - 9:25pm
I didnt consider it worth my time to look up what a Bembaboy is, so sorry for that. Don't bother with an explanation: it's not important. I appreciate your prior knowledge or efforts to obtain it with regard to Saxon period history, however you should understand that the name was not selected as an endorsement of the system. There is an explanation, but you're not going to get it. I didn't choose the name for your gratification either. No offense taken. 
Passion Blues Added Dec 21, 2017 - 5:48am
Opher - One pagan to another - May you have a grand solstice!
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 21, 2017 - 6:22am
Thanks Blues! Just saw your new post! LOL...great stuff!
opher goodwin Added Dec 21, 2017 - 7:37am
Passion - may your passion be ecstatic under a blue sky where the sun shines upon you and yours!!  I raise a glass to you!!
Even A Broken Clock Added Dec 21, 2017 - 10:03am
Merry Christmas, every one. Good poem, caught the spirit of being lost in the hustle while losing the need to spend some time in reflection. 
For us in West Virginia today, our solstice dawned clear and with brilliant blue skies, and temperatures of 60 F. Quite unusual for this time of year.
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 21, 2017 - 10:07am
Ah ye of the traitorous 33 counties, eh ? :) A bright solstice bodes well
Thanks! Glad you liked it
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 21, 2017 - 2:42pm
Signing off for a few days folks.
Off to an undisclosed secure location
to perfect my technique of inebriation
No malt nor liquor shall I eschew
I'll be right bloody pissed by a quarter to two
And should I expire before I am sober
It will be a relief for it all to be over
Donna Added Dec 21, 2017 - 2:49pm
Happy Yule, Merry Christmas!! 
Dr. Rupert Green Added Dec 24, 2017 - 10:01am
Children are grown. I feel so stressed these times I find a hole to hide in.
Katharine Otto Added Dec 24, 2017 - 7:13pm
Thanks for the Yuletide spirit.  Rumor has it that the Christmas season was timed to coincide with the winter solstice, to blend the pagan with the Christian.  So with Hanukkah.  Same with Easter and the spring equinox.  
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 27, 2017 - 1:26am
No rumour, 'tis indeed true :)

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