Post 10

Christmas Collaborations

Illustration by Monty Vern

T’was the night before Christmas, in the year 2020
by The Doubting Thomas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, in the year 2020
We’ve had quite a year, with adjustments aplenty
The stockings, still hung by the chimney with care
The tree shining bright with its twinkling glare
The children, excited, for it’s been quite a year
No better way to end it than full of the cheer
Of Christmas, a time for us all to enjoy
For every girl and for every boy

This story, of course, is built into tradition
Hoping all of our Christmas dreams come to fruition
For it’s still so important that dreams stay alive
Despite the fact that, this year, we’ve had to survive
So, lying in bed, with the big day so near
We think back to one absolute hell of a year

It was late on in March, that our world hit a change
We received the advice that made things seem quite strange
Stay in, stay safe, you all must abide

It’s not worth the risk to keep going outside
Your job has to change, or you might even lose it
You must wash your hands; got a mask? You must use it
Kids must leave their schools and go into home learning
We can’t guarantee the amount you’ll be earning
Key workers exempt but who really are they?
And when will the worst of the virus come our way?

9 months gone by and the problem’s still here
It’s been a topsy and turvy kind of a year
We’ve shown some resilience (despite all the graphs)
Found ways to adjust and to still have some laughs
We’ve looked after each other, put so many first
Whilst trying to find ways to get over the worst

Illustration by Monty Vern

So, this Christmas time, is a time we’ll insist
To focus on the nice things, we’ve put on our list
So, back to the stockings, the presents and lights
The crisp winter mornings, the cosy warm nights
The street decorations and outside the houses
The blankets, the jumpers and big fluffy trousers
The treats and the snacks and the huge Christmas dinner
(I doubt it’s a time for us to try and get thinner)
The movies and telly and time spent together
It feels like we haven’t done that in forever

For Christmas is time to rejoice in the season
And this year we sure have a bloody good reason
To want to make Christmas more special than ever
And not care too much for the cold, winter weather

So, as we look back, whilst we head to December
It’s worth a few seconds to try and remember
We’ve made sacrifices, we’ve all tried our best
Some people have come through a bit of a test
We’ve all found things tough and we’ve all had our reasons
We’ve sat in and looked at the change in the seasons
But Christmas is coming and it’s approaching quite near
So many people’s favourite time of the year

Just like those kids mentioned at the very start
That keep the magic of Christmas time close to their heart
As far as they think of it, some things don’t change
Despite so much else feeling different and a little bit strange

The magic of Santa, the reindeer of eight
The leaving of treats on the Christmas Eve plate
The stories, the wishes, the evening before
The going to sleep wondering what’s next in store
The promise of jingle bells, of presents and snow
The big fluffy beard and the loud “HO HO HO!”
The fun of the season, excitement and plenty
Of great ways to end this long year, 2020

So, ‘twas the night before Christmas, and we just can’t wait
To find a few ways to make this Christmas great
I wish you the best, that your Christmas is bright
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Notes on the Author

We came across the wonderful The Doubting Thomas blog a little way into our blogging journey. We noticed we had a few followers in common and we were liking the same tweets. Then Tom wrote a fantastic post “Why I No Longer Promise I’ll Return Comments on My Blog Post” and we thought ‘Yep’ this is our kind a of human. The post aligned with a lot of we were feeling within the blogging world. It’s a fantastic post about reciprocity and why you should or should not do it. It’s well worth a read.

Tom is another very straight forward and honest blogger. His blog is incredibly easy to navigate. We always feel cared for when we visit and we are sure that has to do with the time and effort gone into curating it and the the subjects he writes about – A little bit of everything. Tom’s Blogmas is also worth checking out; lots of wonderful posts about giving the right present, why Christmas changes when you become parents, a fantastic poem about Tesco and so much more. Keep the conversation going by following Tom on Twitter

Notes on the Illustrator

All of the illustrations provided throughout Christmas Collaborations are the original, bespoke works of Monty Vern.


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