Christmas is a time

for joyful hearts and hopeful eyes,

as we reflect on times past

and look forward to surprise.


Put aside petty squabbles

and pointless vendetta’s

and ask ourselves truly,

are we really no better?


Spread out your arms

with a welcoming smile

and defy all the ones

who seek to defile.


A moment of bliss

so heartily felt,

surrender to the moment

and let your heart melt.


This may be the last time,

for though we pretend,

we really don’t know

when our journey will end.


The blink of an eye

is all it can take

for a flame to burn out

and a warm heart to break.


So grab that moment

with both of your hands,

and hold on so tight,

let you love expand.


To cover one and all

with a blanket so warm,

go out of your way

to keep them from harm.


Hold them so tight

and hold them so near,

never let go

of the ones you hold dear.


Face a future together

with no shadow of fear.

Have a Merry Christmas

and a loving new year.



Written by Darren Scanlon, December 2010.

Revised 13th December 2015

© 2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. sportsattitudes says:

    Absolutely wonderful. I have not seen many Doctor Who episodes but in their Christmas eps they often send the message that every Christmas is “last Christmas” because you never know if you or your loved ones will see the next. Cherish every Christmas and your loved ones. Period. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks my friend and yes, hold tight to whatever means the most to you…never let it go!

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  2. sheldonk2014 says:

    Thank you my friend
    See you soon


  3. Olga says:

    Wonderfully-written, heart-warming sentiment for living fully in the moment and not taking our time here for granted. Wishing you and your family many blessings during this holiday season.

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    1. Thanks Olga. You have a good one too! 🙃🌲🙂

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  4. Poli Impelli says:

    Beautiful, as always. Merry Christmas, Darren, and thanks for your poetry this year.
    Let´s celebrate the following, holding tight each other. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year, Poli. 🌲🙃

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Noelene says:

    Beautiful words! Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. gauravbarot says:

    Great!! Indeed, These Are The Only Things Needed This Christmas, Besides Santa And Food-Feasting!!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. sevoiland says:

    Indeed. Ten years ago, my Sweetie, Michael, had a massive heart attack and a quadruple bypass. We celebrate his new good health each year on December 29th, just after celebrating Our Savior’s birth. With family and friends, and often a few “extras” who have just joined our circle. I know that this sounds schmaltzy, but what better time to admit that we are human, vulnerable, and dependent on each other. Merry Christmas to all and a healthy New Year.

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    1. Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year. 🌲🙃


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