• advent journal: gift swap

    by  • December 11, 2017 • advent journal, christmas, community • 6 Comments

    I offer a poem of my own this evening.

    gift swap

    the Christmas party tradition
    for the confirmation classes
    is to sit in a circle and take turns
    choosing a gift, or taking one
    someone else has already opened
    and replacing it with another mystery.

    the giant jar of M&Ms changed hands
    four or five times, as did the fluffy
    socks; someone even wanted my thermos.
    I came home with a cup of kisses
    and a heart full of laughter—
    there was enough to go around.

    the truth is I need what you have
    and I am counting on you to share
    I’ll do the same—let’s unwrap our hearts
    like we’re kids on Christmas morning . . .
    it’s just what I always wanted
    just what I always wanted.



    Blogging since December 2005


    6 Responses to advent journal: gift swap

    1. Sloane Underwood
      December 11, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      HA! Do you remember we used to do this? I’ll never forget, Mom wrapped up dog food after our dog left. And somebody wanted that!!!
      This lifted me up.
      Thank you,

      • December 11, 2017 at 8:37 pm

        I do remember, Sloane. Then there was the year your dad wrapped up Wing Ding and gave it to my father because he knew he hated cats. I love you and miss you. Merry Christmas.


    2. December 11, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      41 lawnmowers… maybe one day we will learn to live better. great lesson in a simple and fun game named after an unfortunate albino pachyderm.

    3. December 12, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Love …

    4. Shari
      December 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Wonderful!!! Thank you Milton!

    5. Steve Gideon
      December 18, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      I’m new here, just made aware of the blog by my friend, Susan, so I’m playing catch up, reviewing the December posts. “…unwrap our hearts like we were kids on Christmas morning..” That has to be one of the most moving phrases I’ve ever read. What a beautiful image.

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