The Raw Truth about My Family and Christmas

It’s Christmas.

A time to try squeezing a camel

through the eye of a needle.

Seeing who can give the greatest gift

Tiffany’s, you say? Well, how about a

ticket to Trump’s inaugural party?

Tee hee, that’s not my family

we do a simple Secret Santa instead

Each person buys one $10 gift

or unloads something they already had.


It’s a time for family to get together

this year even some from Australia!

There are so many of us

so diverse a crowd,

so close we love one another like crazy

and poke our nose into everybody’s business.

And get on each other’s nerves.

Then we laugh and hug

Or cry and grump.


My family has all kinds,

Jews and Catholics, Protestants,

New Age, Atheists, no Muslims yet but I keep hoping

Ancestors like Slovak, Hungarian, and Irish

French, English, Swiss, Italian

plus Japanese, Hispanic.

Black, Gay, Down Syndrome


One is homeless by choice

to pursue his creative passions.

One has nothing to do with the rest

but sneaks calls to his mother every fortnight

Two are foster daughters

Three had been abandoned

That’s my family: Loving, sometimes functional

Often dysfunctional. Just like everybody else’s.


May you have abundant joy this holiday season and throughout 2017.

Love and Blessings!

1 Comment so far:
  •   February 26, 2017 - Donne'' Fregeau Says:

    I understand completely. Thank you so much Ellen for sharing with all of us. 💞💫

One Response to “The Raw Truth about My Family and Christmas”

By submitting a comment here you grant Talk Back with Ellen Wood a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution. Inappropriate comments will be removed at admin's discretion.