The True Meaning of Christmas, a poem by Caroline Gauld at

The True Meaning of Christmas

The True Meaning of Christmas

written by: Caroline Gauld


October heralds the first glimpse of seasonal tat,
With adverts encouraging “buy this and buy that”.

But Advent isn’t a marketing campaign –
It’s about anticipating love, not financial gain.

There are twelve days of Christmas to celebrate the saints,
None of whom were corporate giants.

Gifts are bought via on-line boutiques,
Not in shops on local high streets.

The tree top fairy is a piece of bling
bought to match the soft furnishings,
Not a hand crafted Angel to represent Gabriel
Nor the guiding star above the stable.

Cyber Santa has received his lists,
iPads, xboxes and wireless gadgets,
It isn’t joy that lights up little faces –
It’s the screens on their electronic devices.

The halls resound with ka-Ching, ka-Ching
not hark the herald angels sing.

So light the pudding and throw tinsel around
But please – remember what Christmas is about.

Caroline Gauld

Caroline Gauld

I recently joined a creative writing class at my local college and found an enjoyment in writing poetry. My tutor Marian Pallister a local author has been a wonderfully encouraging teacher. I live in Lochgilphead, Argyll on the West coast of Scotland, a beautiful part of the world where inspiration is easily found. I am part of a family of six and have a twin sister. My father was a shepherd, my mother a nurse. I enjoyed a fairly idyllic childhood. Life is being kind at present also as I am happily married, have a grown up and left home son. I have many things to be grateful for.
Caroline Gauld

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