Time to Slice Up the Fruitcake With Friends and Family

                                                                           A Greeting From My Family to Yours


“…time to slice up the Fruitcake

It’s time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough.

For we need a little music,

Need a little laughter,

Need a little singing

Ringing through the rafter,

And we need a little snappy

“Happy ever after,”

Need a little Christmas now.”
                                        “I Need A Little Christmas” – Mame
      By the time we finish the last drop of Turkey soup made from the Thanksgiving Turkey the Christmas bins have been opened.  The Christmas knick knacks, including candy bowls, wreaths, and minature Christmas villages, have been placed throughout the house.  Egg Nog and Hot Chocolate seem to always be on the menu with every meal as we light up the front of the house with lights that have been illuminating snowy days for many years.  The tree has been found at the tree lot downtown taken home and bolted onto a stand.  The star sits on top of our tree along with a variety of ornaments made by the children every year.
     Maybe I listen to too many Carols or maybe the hot chocolate and cookies go to my head but I tend to write a fair share of Christmas poems every year.  This year I would like to share a variety of poetic gifts hopefully wrapped to your liking to bring some warmth on these festive Holiday nights.
                                        An Old Fashion Christmas For Under the Tree

At the end of every Thanksgiving,
the end of the meal worth saving,
find myself in garage
to muscle and dislodge
boxes where Christmas mice are playing.

To pack our children in their car seats
and fill their bellies with Christmas treats
off! To go get our tree
no better place to be
then out in the cold praying for heat.

With peppermint hot chocolate in hand
we hang the lights on the tree as planned
Dad hangs up the tinsel
our Christmas bells jingle
on the best tree in our Christmas land.

Our mantle becomes a Christmas town
multiple porcelain Santas found
Where every wreath is placed
our candy canes to taste
now to wait on our Christmas countdown.

The year we were short blue tinsel…


Though reasons were proper to outlaw.

to keep it out of every cat’s paw.

It can make kitty choke,

certainly not a joke

when wrapped around our black’s upper jaw.


Never an animal came to harm

on Christmas when tinsel added charm.

A box of silver saved

as if our tree was paved

by sprinkles that never cause harm.


On this year we were short blue tinsel.

One item to make things official

when I went to the store,

“We don’t sell that no more.

Too dangerous to our cats to sell.”


Instead I bought the alternative

attempt to change the tree narrative

trying more candy canes

pine cones on window panes

my wife was a little more pensive.


Yet Christmas came anyway that year.

A Christmas full of all of its cheer

without any tinsel

the lights they still twinkle.

It turns out we had nothing to fear.


My children like to play on fallen snow…

Therefore I found a reason to sing a Christmas song aloud.


My children like to play on fallen snow.

To burrow in the snow as if in caves.

A time that every youthful spirit saves

to make a snowman watch the snowfall grow.


Family to feel the warmth of Jesus birth

under the tree whose branches hold the world,

to hear the angels sing “Hark the Herald,”

to light the candles placed upon our hearth.


We gather for midnight mass at Mom’s church.

We park in the same spot every year

only thinking of gifts under the tree.


An Elf on the Shelf sits upon his perch,

he knows that Santa’s sleigh is near.

Our children’s smiles as far as one can see.


Happy Holidays!

Thus the season becomes a gathering of all the members of our families from close and from afar.


With the Holidays come the in-laws,

when we gather our family as cause.

An odd mixture of moods

over Holiday foods

and humor that will force us to pause.


One sister will play on Holidays

with the boys running down the hallways

as they yell as a group,

as one loud screaming troop,

she will release a “whoop” to amaze.


The real drama will be with the food.

What to eat without being rude?

The small vegan seed wrap

or fresh celery snap.

To find meat without starting a feud.


Or the In-Law who drinks too much booze

who will lounge like on a pleasure cruise

while we sit and converse

on our lives and our course

over snores from our In-Laws deep snooze.


Or the In-Law who eats all the pie

every year we keep asking them why

they will eat the pumpkin

with a huge crusty grin

while the rest of us stare with a sigh.


While the family sits by the tree

there’s the In-Law who watches T.V.

A loud sporting event

they’ve been watching all lent,

“but this season was something to see!”


This is how Christmas really should be.

To show love for all our family

with our smiles and our hugs

and our hot chocolate mugs

seeing gifts under lit Christmas tree.


A wish for a Happy Holiday!

A peaceful day for the children to play!

For family and friends

with gracious open hands

with true love and true blessings to stay.


Sweet Buttery Christmas Treats!

As a result of all these Christmas sweets I have the energy to make a snowman and go sledding after.


If lists were made of all that feel my love
I’m sad to say that near the top, butter
and sugar, flour mixed for each flavor
on display, so sweet like a morning dove.
But like all love, sometimes the pleasure
will bring me back to the birth of my child
or when our eyes met and we first smiled,
times of confidence when we felt footsure.
So we can see in books that love is cruel
when we smile too long in sugary joy
with need and desire we consume all
with no control we eat like a fool
our minds devious plan or some odd ploy
to eat our cake and feel our earthly fall.

                                On Holiday Treats

When I think on those Holidays past
the season it goes by too fast
probably the sugar
with butter and flour
this Holiday sugar rush won’t last.

Sugar cookies are no longer shared
the frosting was so thickly layered
each bite I felt the rush
a sort of cookie lush
the type where the sprinkles are paired.

In the basket is more than cookies
this shortbread was not made by rookies
a morsel of delight
a Pecan Ball in sight
Oh! Take this wager to the bookies.

Even now I feel slightly sick
with no sugar to make me tick
Wait! Some hidden chocolate
enough to keep me late
but again it will be gone too quick.


In conclusion I would like to wish this Holiday wish as loud as loud can be.



Jamie Lee Hamann
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Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

8 thoughts on “Time to Slice Up the Fruitcake With Friends and Family

  • December 16, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    Thank you for a beautiful glimpse of the holidays with your beautiful family. Had no idea blue tinsel had been banned. How I am craving a mug of peppermint hot cocoa. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!
    Blessings Always,

  • December 16, 2018 at 8:00 PM

    Thank you for sharing your family’s Christmas routine with us through this wonderful collection of poetry, Jamie. A pleasure to read.

  • December 16, 2018 at 9:32 PM

    Jamie, this is a lovely Christmas post full of love, good cheer, and delight. Thank you, dear friend, for sharing this wonderful work – I so enjoyed reading it.

    I wish you and your loved ones a blessed Merry Christmas and a New Year of love, joy, and prosperity. Take care.

  • December 17, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    You have certainly brought in the spirit of Christmas with your wonderful poems Jamie. Thank you for sharing them with us all here at TCE. It warms my heart to read Christmas poems, they have a very cheery note and that’s something we all can never have too much of. I wish you and yours a very blessed, healthy and joyous Christmas. Stay safe and keep this wonderful time and spirit of thankfulness. Cheers my friend.

  • December 20, 2018 at 6:51 PM

    Ho, ho, ho what jolly good fun. Thank you for sharing your holidays. Enjoyed the poems very much. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

  • December 22, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    Love the Christmas spirit that resides within you Jamie. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and Happy new Year!!

  • January 18, 2020 at 10:07 PM

    This is awesome. I enjoyed reading and I have been reminded of the amazing holiday times with family and friends.

  • January 19, 2020 at 8:25 AM

    Thank you Shonen it is a pleasure hearing from you and reading your comment. I am very appreciative. Jamie


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