Christmas is expectation,
surrounded by the words
and songs of peace and joy.

Christmas is celebration,
and a mix of feign smiles
and gladness in being together.

Christmas is giving,
with throwaways and
thoughtfulness beyond words.

Christmas is holy,
set apart for some
and of no consequence for others.

Christmas is hope,
lifting lives from the mundane
but showing need for others.

Christmas is sparkle,

filled with tinsel and display

and despair in shadow’s corner.