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Happy Holidays Everyone!

I have shared a Holiday greeting on my website built by my webmaster, Kathy Killam, at I design it and Kathy builds it. It’s a huge site and she’s done a great job. A techie I am not! The Christmas Greeting consists of an animated trailer and music. I was honored to have Yana request that I share my poem here.
I also included another poem called “Christmas In the Forest” linked off the Home Page by James Kelly. Jim is a dear friend of mine, yet that developed after I’d done some juding for a local Poetry contest. I knew then, I’d just uncovered a master of imagery. Since. I’ve edited a book for him and it was recently published by Infinity Publishing under the title “From The Embers” and is now available on
My granpup, BB McPup, will guide you into the site from the Christmas page if you’d care to visit.
Scroll down and Enjoy!

Joyous Greetings to you all! Thank you for your support of my work.


Susan Haley

"A Different Kind of Christmas"  


The calendar is turning;  

it's near the end of year.  

A different kind of Christmas  

is about to be, I fear.  


My list of gifts is growing,  

 and money's hard to find.  

A different kind of Christmas  

 is forming in my mind.  


Oh, lights will still twinkle,  

and snowflakes will still fall.  

A different kind of Christmas  

won't change that at all.  


Carols will still ring out,  

and sleigh bells will still ring.  

A different kind of Christmas  

will be in the gifts I bring.  


My gifts won't cost money;  

new traditions, I can start.  

A different kind of Christmas  

will come straight from my heart.  


I'll give love and understanding,  

share a shoulder and a song.  

A different kind of Christmas,  

that will last the whole year long.  


I'll stand up for your honor,

and lend a helping hand.  

And, hope a different kind of Christmas  

will spread across the land.  


I'll offer my forgiveness,  

toss old resentments all away.  

I’ll wish for yours to be returned  

For the times it was me who strayed.  


I'll take the time to thank you  

as we gather by the tree,  

for your part in our family  

and all you've done for me.  


Isn't that what Christmas means?  

Aren't all its treasures free?  

I think my different kind of Christmas  

Is what was truly meant to be.  

   Susan Haley

"Christmas in the Forest"  

Christmas slips into the forest . . .

No magi, no church bells to ring.

Open-armed pines welcome the snow,

A garment befitting a King.

Fir’s scented boughs chase each other  

Back and forth as they climb to the top.

One lonely spike reaches the heights

Where it waits for an angel to stop.

Mottled birch, stately oak, sugar maple

Shake hands as they nod in the wind.

Voices that struggle to life in the branches

Whisper their songs once again.

The forest speaks boldly of Christmas,

To the eyes of those who will call.

Beauty and peace, like seasonal wreaths,

Hang their hearts on the deep forest wall.

Copyright  © 1999 James O. Kelly

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