by Jay O'Toole
We live much of life amid unique choices. Joy is anchored in The One beyond our life.
Buying Christmas from the shelves,
the smallish trees, and metal snow,
what crafty goodness from the elves!
Its whiteness stays when heat doth grow.
How many shoppers fill the aisles
to buy their Christmas gifts and crafts!
Of yarns, and beads, and painting tiles,
the artist makes, until he laughs.
More strings of lights to banish dark,
more gummies decorate the glass,
of "Merry Christmas" wood signs park
to make each home shine Joy and class.
As Christmas things within this store
now wain to make room for the spring,
I joy o'er what is still before,
I shop, and look, and fairly sing.
I'd like to visit one up north.
A store of Christmas all year through.
To Bronner's Wonderland, go forth
to Frankenmuth in Mich., so true.
Until that day, I'll shop right here
with Hobby Lobby's wondrous months.
It's Jan., Feb, March, April, May, so clear.
The rest is Christmas filled with funth.
How do I last throughout the spring
when Christmas is no more around?
I purchase yarns and make them sing,
knit red and green as Christmas is found.
by Jay O’Toole
on December 5th, 2022