December 19, 2011

4:13pm Monday 19th December 2011

Christmas is coming, soon it’ll be
Gathering of family and friends to
wish them all good Cheer.
Preparing for everything will fill our
We celebrate Christmas in so many
The tree to be decorated, the cake to
Lots of shopping and mince pies to
Bells in churches all around will be
Carols, which we love, will also be
Parcels wrapped up and placed under
the tree.
Paper bright and cheery for all to see.
Parties and children having fun
Celebrating the birth of Baby Jesus at
this time of the year.
Diana Davis, Witton-le-Wear

Bells are ringing children singing
Santa’s on his way
Mothers groaning, Dads are moaning
He knows who’s to pay.
Cards are growing
Now it’s snowing
Kids all cheer at play.
Mam is baking the Christmas cake
From Grandma’s recipe
Somehow she has lost a page
Cake’s a catastrophe.
Still, covered in icing, looks enticing
Good enough to eat
Thrown out by guests unnoticed
To give the birds a treat.
Booze is flowing, all unknowing
Grandma downs a few
Smiles and giggles happily
Enjoying her home brew.
If this sounds familiar
Well it happens to us all
Still Christmas comes but once a year
I think we will survive
Until the New Year very soon
It is good to be alive.
Happy Christmas, everyone!
Doreen Howe, Bishop Auckland

The men in the trenches
Welcome the early snow
Smoke from small fires is rising
Hot tea and biscuits are on the go
In the German and British trenches
Separated by No-Man’s Land
Christmas carols can be heard
The soldiers stop and listen to every
Christmas greetings are given
And returned across No-Man’s Land
Suddenly solitary figures are walking
Towards each other, shaking hands
Cigarettes and drinks are given
Merry Christmas to one and all
Suddenly a football appears
As soldiers play for the ball
For a moment in time
War is forgotten
The killing has ceased
Even in war, Christmas is a time of
N Kellett, Sunnybrow, near Crook

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