A Merry Literary Christmas

by Alice Lowe

When Christmas shopping time draws nigh…

And I am faced with gifts to buy…

I think about one relative

Who always had one gift to give.

And every year her present came.

And every year it was the same.

While other gifts were round and fat,

(Their secrets hidden) hers was flat.

Rectangular, the corners square,

I knew exactly what was there.

I’d pass it by without a look—

My aunt had sent another book!

I’d only open it to write

A “thank you” that was too polite,

But every year when Christmas went

I’d read the book my aunt had sent,

 

And looking back, I realize

Each gift was treasure in disguise.

So now it’s time to write her here

A thank-you note that is sincere.

So—thanks for Alice and Sara Crewe,

For Christopher Robin and Piglet and Pooh,

For Little Nell and William Tell…

And Peter and Wendy and Tinker Bell.

Thanks for Tom and Jim and Huck,

For Robinson Crusoe and Dab-Dab the duck,

For Meg and Jo and Johnny Crow

And Papa Geppeto’s Pinocchio

For Mary Poppins and Rat and Toad

King Arthur and Dorothy’s Yellow Brick Road,

For Kipling’s Kim and tales from Grimm,

And Ferdinand, Babar and Tiny Tim.

I loved them all, I’m glad I met them.

They’re with me still, I won’t forget them.

So I’ll give books on Christmas Day

Though I know what all my nieces say–

I know it from the way they write

A “thank-you” that is too polite.

 

A Merry Literary Christmas©Alice Lowe

Images ©2016Naomi Baltuck

3 thoughts on “A MERRY LITERARY CHRISTMAS

  1. Loved this so much! 🙂 I felt the same way as a child, to get a book as a Christmas present (and groan), and only years later in hindsight to realize what wonderful presents they were/are!

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