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Poetry Sunday-Christmas Scenes



Christmas Scenes


I look upon the Christmas tree

And fade to childhood memories;


Of snowflakes, boots and mittens warm

Donned on frosty, biting morns.


Sleds dragged down snow-covered streets

To find fresh powder on hills replete.


Later home with frozen fingers and toes

Warmed before the fire with hot cocoa.


Smells of cookies permeate the house

As I stealthily sneak one as quiet as a mouse.


And all about tinsel and lights galore

Are sparkling hung from roofs and doors.


While I await, anticipating the scene

Of Santa and spectacular Christmas dreams,


I sing songs of joy and choruses of mirth

that herald in the day of His spectacular birth.



© Donna Donabella 2014


I am participating in The Personal Photo Challenge hosted by Donna@Cottage Days and Journeys.  This month’s challenge is called Christmas Scenes.   I wrote this poem on my way to see family for Thanksgiving.  I had not seen much of my family for a few years.  And on the plane ride, some lovely thoughts of Christmas were running through my brain.  So I hope you enjoy the poem that is filled with many of my childhood memories.


I am also joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.


xmas collage

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  



Special Note:  These Christmas scenes were taken upon our return home once we did a bit of Christmas decorating.


All photos were taken on auto mode and first processed in iPhoto (so nothing fancy).  The collage was made in  The tree images were further processed in to add some brilliance, snow, frost and stars.




I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about Christmas.  Feel free to download the photo and share.



All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.

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  1. December 14, 2014    

    A beautiful christmas poem!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. ZQ ZQ
    December 14, 2014    

    This piece put me in the mood! Thanks.

    • December 16, 2014    

      Happy to oblige ZQ…helped me too!

  3. December 14, 2014    

    luv the nostalgia, happy you stopped at my blog; Have a beautiful Sunday

    much love…

    • December 16, 2014    

      So happy you enjoyed the bits of Christmas memories!

  4. December 14, 2014    

    the flashback of Christmas!
    you have expressed what most people felt while staring at the good ole tree

  5. December 14, 2014    

    I love that warmth that goes deeper than fire and hot cocoa ~ Christmas to me is also about family gathering and celebrating His joyous birth ~

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my post ~ My father is slowly fading from this life and its something that I can’t fully accept even until now ~ I wish you comfort and healing for your own family ~

    Have a good weekend ~

    • December 16, 2014    

      I am sorry to hear about your father Grace….I do know how difficult it is to lose a father. May you find some solace in this difficult time.

  6. December 14, 2014    

    I really love the eye of the child in this Christmas poem… Somehow this is the way we should do it that way to get the most out of Christmas

    • December 16, 2014    

      I have never lost that eye Bjorn…and I am glad I still have it!

  7. December 14, 2014    

    Your poem triggered childhood memories of my own, Donna. I, too, remember dragging sleds down the street to the hill that the neighborhood kids used for sledding (it was a golf course in the summer). We all went….without parents along (parents were not worried)…an afternoon of sledding & then home. I keep thinking that this would not happen today. It seems a different world. I like the progression of your poem & how at the end there is the true meaning of Christmas.

    • December 16, 2014    

      Thanks Mary….unfortunately it is a different world…we too did not have our parents in tow.

  8. December 14, 2014    

    This is a poem a lot of us can relate to I am sure. You have really evoked what makes Christmas so magic and special, Donna.

    • December 16, 2014    

      I love the magic of Christmas and am so glad you found it in the poem Gabriella.

  9. December 14, 2014    

    Magical photos, Donna, and a lovely poem! Thank you!
    Have a nice new week!

  10. December 14, 2014    

    How interesting that Freya Stark felt nostalgia for Christmas. She was such a trail blazer and a rejecter of convention that I am a bit surprised.
    Our Christmases are hot. Often very hot.
    And the wrapping paper and the cards continue to reflect northern hemisphere crispness. So your experiences are not mine, but spell Christmas time just the same…

    • December 16, 2014    

      It is unfortunate that we just adhere to the northern hemisphere’s Christmas images…love to see yours Soosie.

  11. December 14, 2014    

    What glorious Christmasy photos, and your poem took me back to years long gone, the magical feeling of Christmas when one is a child. Beautifully done, Donna.

    • December 16, 2014    

      Thanks so much Sherry…we have such lovely Christmas memories too precious to forget.

  12. December 14, 2014    

    Lovely Christmas poem! Christmas is especially a magical time for the children.. Beautiful images and post. Enjoy your new week!

    • December 16, 2014    

      Christmas is special because of children and those of us who have never quite grown up!! I consider myself quite a child especially around Christmas….glad you enjoyed the poem Eileen!

  13. December 14, 2014    

    Looking so pretty and the images look nostalgic in their beauty to me. Happy week~

    • December 16, 2014    

      So glad you enjoyed the post Mary…the images were fun to create!

  14. December 14, 2014    

    What a wonderful poem to read for this time of year! Nothing like having memories brought back so sweetly 🙂 Such a joy to read your words today, Donna!!

    • December 16, 2014    

      Oh aren’t you so nice to say so Torie…thank you!

  15. December 14, 2014    

    Lovely words and images.

  16. December 14, 2014    

    Very nice poem and images, Donna! Christmas is really the most spoecial time of the year and filled with so many memories.!

  17. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    December 14, 2014    

    A nice poem and clever mosaic of the tree.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Donna.

    • December 16, 2014    

      So happy you enjoyed my mosaic Judith…

  18. December 14, 2014    

    Enjoyed my visit here! Indeed, a clever mosaic, but I did so enjoy your poem!! Thank you!!!! Have a grand week!

    • December 16, 2014    

      Cathy I am so happy you enjoyed your visit to my blog!

  19. December 14, 2014    

    How beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us all of us to enjoy! Holiday hugs, Diane

    • December 16, 2014    

      Hugs to you too Diane…your comment is so sweet…and I am truly grateful for it!

  20. December 14, 2014    

    Donna, so much enjoyed your childhood memory! Glad the traditions will be continued! Happy Holidays to you! x

    • December 16, 2014    

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays to you too!!

  21. December 14, 2014    

    I loved your poem Donna, such sweet memories. The photos are very festive and decorative, lovely!

    • December 16, 2014    

      I had loads of fun creating this post…thanks Denise!!

  22. December 14, 2014    

    Yes, I agree….. Beautiful poem and photos!

  23. December 14, 2014    

    You definitely expressed the season.

  24. December 15, 2014    

    Beautifully put, although snow unlikely in Australia that anticipation is still there.

    • December 16, 2014    

      I always wondered about that Robin…would love to see Christmas Down Under!!

  25. Abin Abin
    December 15, 2014    

    warm, homely and nostalgic.beautiful.

  26. December 15, 2014    

    spectacular…..simply spectacular!
    I love every morsel of this and THANK you for taking the
    time and energy to write it out as gift for us all:)
    much Christmastime love,

    • December 16, 2014    

      So many giant hugs to you my dear Jennifer…you wrapped my heart in your gift of such a joyous comment….I never thought of my poem as a gift, but it is, isn’t it!

  27. December 15, 2014    

    Childhood memories last a lifetime, if we are blessed and they are happy they can be nourishment for a lifetime.

    • December 16, 2014    

      Oh I so agree Laura…I am blessed!

  28. December 15, 2014    

    Hi Donna, I hope your time spent with family was good, your journey there was obviously joyous with anicipation to have written such a lovely poem.

    • December 16, 2014    

      It was a joyous visit and much too short….I think you are correct Julie…the anticipation brought back all these great memories.

  29. December 16, 2014    

    Your words are always so beautiful. I think you should use your phrases rather than quotes on the downloadable images.

    • December 16, 2014    

      Well I am filled with joy at your wonderful compliment Donna…I think you may be right my friend….I need to put myself out there a bit more and this would be a great way to do it…thank you!

  30. December 17, 2014    

    Don’t we just love this time of the year, Donna! Well, I hope we all do! It’s the simplest of things that give me so much joy, and one of the best for me is the Christmas tree lights…because they’re so quiet. My kids laugh and remind me every year of how I always used to say that. But it’s true! 🙂 Thanks for adding your own light at this time of the year.

    • December 17, 2014    

      I love that lights are quiet…they are calming and such a treat on these long nights….Ginnie, wishing you and Astrid a very Merry Christmas!!

  31. December 21, 2014    

    Beautiful poem and beautiful pictures! Congratulations!
    I wish a happy Christmas to you and your family!

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