Can I start by saying a massive thank you to all who entered. I realise the time constraints were limiting, however I am honored by the level of participation.
I wasn't sure how this would work as many of our members do not celebrate Christmas but I thought the spirit of Christmas transcends religion. It's about celebrating family, charity and the fellowship of Man. You do not have to be Christian to understand the spirit of Christmas.
The diversity of the poems entered was very eclectic. Some were very traditional and encompassed the more jovial aspects of Christmas, some looked at it from a different perspective, with fun and humour and others followed a little dark twisty thought.
Every single one I found enthralling.
So to the winners. Drum roll please!
Sandy Christmas (by Tony) 38 points
Twas the night before Christmas (Christmas eve shopping woes) (By Scott Cole) 34 points
A Mice Christmas (by Milly Hayward) 20 points
(In order of posting to contest and not results).
Jingle Bells (by chatterbox909 sphynx)
How does one critique a poem written by your own offspring while trying to avoid a tsunami of a hissy fit. !!!Giggles!!!
Dani captures the innocent and beautiful aspects of Christmas in this little ditty of rhyme. It flows really well but could be enhanced by the addition of a word and a little patience.
This said, you are young and if you continue to absorb information and advice in the way you currently do, you're gonna achieve some pretty special things.
Santa is coming to town (by Dagmar Wilson)
This poem By Dagmar Wilson did not truly follow the rhyming format of the initial idea. However as a piece of poetry I think it does rather well.
Perhaps it does not flow in lyrical terms, but I feel it has its own kinda flow.
A well received and valuable entry in my humble opinion. Again It's all about the joys of this season and focuses on the this aspect.
Smiles received on this quarter
Sandy Christmas (by Tony)
As I said, I did not vote, due to conflicts of interest.
However if I had, this poem by Tony would have been my number one.
Some may argue that it is for personal reasons, or from experience. You would be correct.
This poem hit home, as I've been in a similar situation. No sand for me but a depth of snow I never thought possible. Different lands and different conflicts.
The message remains the same.
We were not there to hurt, our job was to heal. Though perhaps we get a little broken ourselves along the way.
I loved the ending to this poem as it is not only full of joy it is full of philanthropy and patriotism
Dude you are an asset to your Country and humanity.
In The Shadow Of St Nicolas (by C.J Maleney)
I found the author of this poem to be a bit lackadaisical, but !Dam! Can he cook.
Sorry guys didn't know what to say.
But Dam! I can cook!
The Flight Attendants Husband (by Larry Chamberlain)
This poem By Larry is another one that really resonated with me.
As someone who spent 5 years back to back missing Christmas and new year with friends and loved ones, I know exactly where it's coming from, but oh how special are the ones when you are together.
A very well worked and constructed piece.
Have You Seen It (by kitty Cat Lady)
This entry kinda caught me of guard. It started off really light but as it flowed along I sensed darker undertones.
I know not what Santa will bring but I sincerely hope he brings your Christmas spirit and that you have an amazing Christmas and new year.
As always a fantastic rhyme by kitty.
A Mice Christmas (by Milly Hayward)
Totally loved this poem by Milly and really liked the different angle from which she approached it.
It's a lovely light hearted piece that kept me smiling all the way through.
Not so sure I would like a mouse in my house for Christmas, let alone a little tribe of them though.
A really cheery and a rather cute entry, that has been very well received by your fellow entrants.
Snow still sparkles whenever you are (By Em)
I really liked this poem by our Em,
It's synonymous with what may forces families feel at this time of year.
It would be easy to be dark and brooding about such an occasion without that one person. Yet I still feel this poem contains a lot of hope and love.
Well done our Em.
Twas The Night Before Christmas ( Christmas eve shopping woes)
(by scott Cole)
This was a massively popular poem gauged by the reaction of our entrants.
The humour of Scott's poem blitzed through. It made me laugh, and I'm pretty sure many others did too.
I don't think it was all about laughs though. That little bit of me sees the sceptic side of things. Perhaps what may be witnessed, could be seen as funny.
Or perhaps you could think "is this what we have become".
This work is pretty grippy and really good for all to read.
Ps (dude the length of the tittle? Lol)
Is It Christmas? (By Mossgirl19)
This entry by Mel caused me to read it over and over.
The idea and concept behind it's creation will on many be an illusion. I guess it's easy to indulge in this season when you are warm, safe, comfortable and loved.
For many people this will not be the case.
Mel's entry reminds us of the stark reality. There is always someone out there, whom for Christmas will not be merry.