Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A Crocheter's Christmas

A Crocheter's Christmas

T'was the week before Christmas
I was all in a tizzy
I had projects to finish;
I had to get busy!
My crochet hook flew
Like Santa's reindeer.
I must finish each item
Before Christmas got here.
I'd finished the angel for the top of the tree,
Now to make two more stockings; or did I need three?
Just a few more rows and Will's blanket would be done.
And I thought, if I hurried, I could make Lilly one.
The table was trimmed with a runner of lace
And I'd tucked a new tree skirt around the tree's base.
I'd made afghans and sweaters
and scarves by the score
Hats, gloves and mittens,
But I still needed more!
My hook flew faster;
There was no time to waste
As I worked each stitch in frantic haste.
I'd no time for singing carols this year.
And I decided to skip all the parties and cheer;
I was much too busy; Christmas was here!

Visions of doilies danced through my head;
I had to keep working;
No time for bed!
I'd finished one blanket and started another,
When a thump on the roof top made me look up in wonder.
And a crash from the chimney caused me to jump;
As Santa Claus landed in the floor with a bump!
I sprang from my chair in shock and surprise;
Santa Claus! I could hardly believe my eyes!
“But Santa!” I cried, “You are not due for a week!”
He dusted off his britches and started to speak.
“I've come early to give you a present, my Dear.
There is something you really need to hear.
You are so worried about the gifts and the giving
You are not taking time to just enjoy living.
The presents you make are lovely, it's true,
But what your family and friends really want is YOU!
So put down that hook, you've done enough for this year;
Christmas is a time to share love and good cheer.”
Then he gave me a hug, and up the chimney he flew.
And I dropped my crochet hook; I knew what I must do.
I had to get into bed right away;
Tomorrow would be such a busy day.
Baking cookies with the kids,
Visiting friends far and near,
Shopping and caroling,
And spreading good cheer.

I knew Santa was right;
I had lost sight of the reason
I crocheted so frantically
to brighten the season.
I had wanted each item I crocheted to be
An expression of my love for my friends and family.
But when it keeps me from sharing this joyous season,
I must set it aside (well, within reason!)

So, some of my gifts might not get finished this year,
But my Christmas will be filled with love and good cheer.
And to all of my friends, I just want to say
Merry Christmas to All, and Happy Crochet!
                                                    Elizabeth Ann White
                                                                  December 7,  2010

Copyright Elizabeth Ann White for BellaCrochet 2010.
All rights reserved.


Unknown said...

Lovely , thankyou.:))

jonamc said...

Finally someone else gets it. I ended up last Xmas mailing the socks I tradionally make for the men in my life each year to them in January. Right now frantically making some last minute items, many of the patterns are yours, btw, lol. But definitely will not let that interfere with anything at all. I WILL BE REASONABLE THIS YEAR! Thank you Ann for all the lovely patterns, can't wait to see the next Lovely Ladies creations and your next "Birds in Flight" pattern (what do you think of that name?) Absolutely loved the hummingbirds, waiting patiently for the bluebirds, maybe cardinals? maybe doves? maybe robins? Merry Xmas to you . J

Richard Rose said...

That sort of thing doesn't happen around here, we don't have a chimney. :)

I must remember to turn on the pretty lights tomorrow night, make the place look a little Christmassy.

- said...

I am really smiling right now! Thanks!

Faith said...

you said it....

Merry Christmas....

knitalatte said...

Loved reading your poem and taking in its lovely message. Joy to you and your family too.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

I just love this! So cute, and true. May all the blessings of Christmas fill your home with great joy and happiness. :)

MamaLezlie said...

That's great, Ann!

Julie said...

What a wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing that great bit of perspective about what's important for the holiday.

DearBigBrother said...

Wonderful poem. I am going to share a link to it.

Cara Louise said...

Ann my dear- this is so perfect for my state of mind right now! thank you for re-sharing it! <3

Anonymous said...

Love it! You are a multi-media artist – who knew? Thank you for the timely reminder.