A Good Home


Tiny Perfect Christmas Tree

The tree’s too small and tends to fall

The angel’s tattered most of all

The lights don’t work, the garlands drop

But in this home it’s Christmas.


Photo by H. Grange

The Christmas gifts aren’t quite wrapped yet

The puppy peed, the floor got wet

(That smell we sniffed was a sure bet)

But in this home, it’s Christmas.


Blog Photo - Winter Garden

The snow outside is fluffy and bright

The turkey’s cooked and it’s done right

The baked ham glistens in candlelight

And in this home, it’s Christmas.


Blog Photo - Christmas Table

This house has seen a hundred years

Of laughter, hope and even tears

Of festive times and warmth and grace

And joy and peace at Christmas.


We wish you warmth, we wish you love

Peace landing gently as a dove

We wish you rest, we wish you joy

In your good home, this Christmas.

Selfie Ornament
Ornament Selfie

Poem Written by Cynthia Reyes, December 2013. I still love it!

All photos by Hamlin Grange.


  1. Hi Cynthia, Just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas to you and your family especially to your new arrival. I tried posting it but it kept referring me to my blog and my password won’t work. But it’s Christmas!

    Sent from my iPad


  2. I’m glad you shared this poem Cynthia. It’s a beautiful poem and reminder to love what is. Grace and compassion would thrive if we remembered to hold this space of acceptance. Holiday hugs and blessings to you and yours. Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅⛄

  3. Your lovely poem captures so much of what is about Christmas. And we hold it all in great openness, whatever comes..
    I wish you and all, especially the newest one with the strong name, a beautiful Christmas time.

  4. Your poem does capture that slightly chaotic, fun and peaceful sense of the traditions of Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and all the family Cynthia, I hope it is a happy family time for you.

  5. Beautiful poem and pictures, dear Cynthia. Our tree almost fell last night when my grandson tugged on an ornament. It would have been a tale to laugh about for decades. 🎄🎁💙
    Merry Christmas – Wendy Mac

    1. I hope your Christmas was lovely, Jason! And since we are both gardeners, your reply just made me think of the Amaryllis bulbs I need to remove from the cellar and plant for colour indoors during winter.

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