Alternative Christmas

Are you looking forward to christmas and all of the fun

Have you bought your presents and your shoppings done

I’m not quite into the swing of things i’m a bit unsettled you see

On tuesday I helped at the food bank and it’s really bothering me

The man who got upset as he came in from the street

His choice was have the heating on or buy food to eat

Talking of how life was fine then BAM! your job is gone

No money for rent, the bills, the food, the list goes on and on

He left a little brighter with a food supply

He’d also made a ‘ to do’ list and as he said goodbye

He thanked us for the welcome it’s been the hardest thing he’d done

I really wish that Santa brings some peace to everyone.


  1. December 29, 2013 / 22:59

    Your poetry is just fab lovely lady – I really loved this particular poem. People less fortunate than me have been on my mind more this year than in previous. I am not sure why. Maybe I am more appreciative of what I have these days. Thank you so much for all your support for Prose for Thought this year xx

  2. December 22, 2013 / 02:42

    You heart is so kind! I’m thankful for wonderful giving hearts like yours! Happy Holidays!

    • December 22, 2013 / 19:21

      Thank you, best wishes and Happy Holidays to you and your family too. xx

  3. Emily S Page (@EmilysPage)
    December 20, 2013 / 00:15

    Such a lovely poem. I think I shall share this with my 5yo…if he shows any lack of gratitude this year (highly likely)…

    • December 22, 2013 / 19:16

      I have told my son about this too Emily, never too young to learn how lucky they are. Have a lovely christmas. x

  4. maddy@writingbubble
    December 19, 2013 / 20:09

    Good on you for helping out at the food bank. This poem really underlines how lucky we are if we have a warm home, food on the table and a loving family. Mountains of presents are completely unnecessary – we’re cutting back this year as I don’t want my boys growing up thinking they can have everything they want. They can’t; but they have all the love in the world!

    • December 22, 2013 / 19:17

      Thank you. It’s so easy to get carried away, I think lots of us are cutting back this year, have a lovely day with your family.

  5. December 19, 2013 / 20:01

    its so sad that folk have been so affected by things financially that they have to go to food banks and that number is rising 🙁

  6. December 19, 2013 / 19:52

    This is a lovely post – I get so blinkered sometimes, forget how very, very lucky I am. In reality Christmas must be a hellishly difficult time of year for so many people x

    • December 22, 2013 / 19:20

      Thanks,I know Helen me too. I can’t believe we have a food bank close to where we live.Best wishes for christmas.x

  7. stephaniearsoska
    December 19, 2013 / 16:22

    A good reminder to be thankful for all that you have. We are feeling the pinch this year but nothing compared to that.

    • December 19, 2013 / 17:08

      I think lots of people are cutting down on spending too, it makes you appreciate what you have.

  8. December 19, 2013 / 10:37

    Lovely post. Last night I was speaking to my sister – she’s a teacher of year 1 children (5 and 6 year olds.) she was washing that two children in her class aren’t celebrating Xmas because they don’t have the money. One of the children asked in her letter to Santa for a Xmas tree with sparkles as they don’t have any decorations up. It just made me feel sad – and realise how ver very lucky me and my children are. I’m worrying Incase my child isn’t happy with her gifts, but last night I realised that actually, if she’s not happy with them then she is far far too spoilt.
    This time of year is the hardest for those with nothing anyway. Xxx

    • December 19, 2013 / 11:34

      Thanks for reading, I feel the same about my son I have been telling him about others not so lucky.A woman at the food bank was thrilled we had included selection boxes for her children. You’re right this time of year is extra hard.xx

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