To the dedicated senders of cards,
I wish a garland of gratitude.
To the lapsed dispatchers of midwinter mail,
I wish evergreen threads of friendship.
To the givers of gifts,
I wish informed intuition.
To expectant unwrappers,
I wish appropriate appreciation.
To the screen-lit, worldly-wired,
I wish the peace of paper pages.
To the weary travellers,
I wish immediate age-old comforts.
To the pie bakers and gravy makers,
I wish an apron of all-round approval.
To the remote controllers,
I wish a mindful thumb.
To the nit-pickers, critics and curmudgeons,
I wish a rousing chorus of endorsement.
To the joke crackers,
I wish a crown of laughter.
To those who know the tune,
I wish an ear for the subtle harmonies.
To those too familiar with long dark nights,
I wish a vision of stronger days dawning.
on Christmas Eve 2010