How many Christmas trees


Eight cars

big gates

six doors




and yours


staff and visitors


and those to be ignored


unrooted trees

ripped from soil

their bulbs of borrowed light


give praise to the new born

and the commoners toil

affording their still silent night 


◄ Dead Man

Not televised ►


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Wolfgar Miere

Fri 15th Dec 2017 09:50

Thanks Beno,

it is an interesting point you make about feeling detached from Christmas due to prevailing circumstances, such as in your case being surrounded by people suffering ill health and others terminally ill.

I have spent quite a few Christmases in countries where it is not openly celebrated, and those wishing to celebrate its alleged true meaning are unable to do so. I feel that it is in such circumstances (yours and mine) that we find our true relationship with Christmas.

Similarly its meaning can be cluttered by material trappings, which to some becomes what it is about (rather a shame I think)

I feel that by being detached from things we sometimes see them more clearly, and therefore appreciate them more when we have them. Not an original or revelatory idea by any means, but it describes an experience that many fortunate individuals will never be exposed to. Personally I am pleased to have followed the path I have which has given me an appreciation of many things taken for granted.

For me Christmas is not about worship or retail, it is about family. I believe and hope that is what it is to most people.

All the best,


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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 14th Dec 2017 21:28

Thank you ray,

Maybe one of these days I'll staple some pages together and stuff them between some real books on real shelves where very few real people ever go, see what happens.

Thanks pal,


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Thu 14th Dec 2017 16:05

Thanks David. Enjoyed again.
I was going to say that I had forgotten what Christmas was about as I have worked the last 29 of them looking people who were either very sick or who were dying. And then I realised what I was saying! Lol.
P.s. I'm not allowed a Christmas tree at work because it's a health and safety hazard. Lol.

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Thu 14th Dec 2017 11:59

Praiseworthy in its construction - the scant style which brings the message in - like a list of do's and don'ts for the privileged. "Bulbs of borrowed light" , so poetic and right.

Christmas is for all, but more so for those celebrating in regimented efficiency. I'm sorry, but you just have to get a book out - tongues are hanging out for one.


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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 14th Dec 2017 06:17

Hi Stu,

Good to see you around.

I have to kick myself almost every Christmas to find my place, it is important to me that whatever my feelings about Christmas it is the feelings of those I care about which are more important.

By contemplating that I strangely find myself becoming quite festive, its a good ploy for me I think.

This is the second Christmas in a row that I have been home, I must be settling down. It's a nice feeling.

Thanks again, and Happy Crimbo!


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Stu Buck

Wed 13th Dec 2017 15:30

how apt that you, the champion of the forgotten, take the time to remember those that suffer for those who dont have to at christmas. i started out thinking of the good life (christmas has not been delivered to this house) but ended up contemplating my own role in the festivities, both as a chef and now as a parent. great stuff.

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