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The Little Christmas Tree

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Nan
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0 posted 12-18-1999 10:29 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This is one of my Nana's poems... one of her favorites...

The Little Christmas Tree
by Velma M. Carlson (1903-1996)

A little tree sits in the corner
...So very, very small.
It makes me think of years gone by ~
...Much better than none at all.
Five small candles in the window ~
...And a wreath hangs on the door.
I try to make it look like Christmas ~
...As it did so many years before.
Christmas, such a happy time ~
...Love and laughter everywhere ~
Time for loving, time for praying
...Time for giving; time to share.
Let's all have a "Merry Christmas"
...From the beginning to the end ~
Let us pray for peace on earth
...And good will toward all men.
A little tree sits in the corner
...And there are lights on every bough.
So many years have come and gone
...I remember all of them somehow.
Christmas, such a happy time, as
...we wait for it to come,
"Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas ~
...Merry Christmas, everyone"!


© Copyright 1999 Nancy Ness - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 12-18-1999 10:32 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

I can see why it's one of her favorites, Nan! Loved every word.

 Nail to the mast her holy flag,
Set every threadbare sail-
And give her to the god of storms,
The lightning and the gale!
-Oliver Wendell Holmes


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2 posted 12-18-1999 10:56 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Lovely memories, lovely Christmas tree, lovely poem!  

 Denise


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3 posted 12-18-1999 11:41 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

I just love the small Christmas trees!  Once when I was a little girl, we waited till the last minute to get our tree, and of course, they were already picked over....not much left to choose from....Anyway, I saw this little tiny sad looking tree all by itself...no one wanted it...I felt so sorry for "it"....    I told dad that it was the one I wanted!  He thought I had lost my mind....we asked the man how much - and he said ...."OH gees...I'll let you have that thing for $3 - I took it home, and decorated it, and was probably the proudest little girl in town!  Call me a softie, I know....but this poem reminded me of that...So thanks for bringing back some very fond memories of mine!  Merry Christmas to ya BTW!!

 - - - If I can just touch you once, then I feel I have accomplished what I am called to do...- - pFF

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Nan, this was great! What a talent she had that she passed on to you! I love this poem, thanks for sharing it!

Merry Christmas!

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Jesus is the reason for the season

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Oh, what beautiful memories  
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Nan,This is beautiful, thanks for sharing.  

 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


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Oh Nan, this is lovely and the true essense of Christmas...Peace and goodwill to all men!

HUSG

 Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream...


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What a delightful poem...its precious, Nan! Thanks for posting it for us to enjoy  

 It's not the love you fear, but the fall from the height~Edwin McCain


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Merry Christmas...
even a hard hearted prosecutor enjoyed the poem...  *smile*
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Nan -

You tell Nana that it is PERFECT.

I do a small memorial Christmas tree
for each family member who is no longer
here to celebrate with us.
I decorate them with memories of each of
them.  It gives me peace and comfort
to have something of them with me as we
celebrate our family joy at Christmas.
Out of all of the traditions I share with
my children ... this is the one they
want the most to continue in their lives.

*Thanks to ~Nana for the wonderful feeling
of warmth she shared.


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Precious memories   Thank you for sharing Nana's lovely poem....and Merry Christmas to you too Nan  

 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!
Shannon


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A very beautiful, poem.  Thank you for sharing.  I know the warmth a Christmas tree, any size, brings to the house.  Was freshly reminded this year.  


Merry Christmas Nan, to you and yours.

Michael
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Thank you, all...

My grandmother would be very proud and happy to see her work being enjoyed as you Passionate folks do.... I'm sure she's smiling down on us - It's her favorite time of year....
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Bump!!!
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I still like it!

Elizabeth


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Suum cuique.
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I love christmas trees and they love me.
they also love you



"I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust."

I hate your socks. I'd like to burn them!
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Nan~ Yes this is a beautiful poem, thanks for sharing it with us  
Love Tracie~


Love is the life of the soul...
It is the harmony of the universe


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A splendid read Nan...
       Coco




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thanks for the beautiful read.  yes, Christmas is such a special day...

I see no changes, wake up in the morning I ask myself, "Is life worth living or should I blast myself" TUPAC SHAKUR

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Nan, we would be honored to publish this in the Newsletter if you are agreeable? Let me know ok?
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Sharon... Thank you.. I have to say that I know my grandmother is pleased about this... It's one of her favorite works... She used to recite this one to us.... hehe... every time we saw her...
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Oh this is a gem as I read it again, and I must thread it so I may share with the lil one soon enough...

Thank you my friend...

  coco  


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This brings such warm feelings and remembrances of past Christmases. Thanks for posting
Liz
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As we get older the Christmas trees seem to get smaller, but they do still remind us of all those blessed times we've had celebrating past Holidays.... and Merry Christmas to You!  Bob <><
 
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