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The Glow of Christmas
Linda Lee Konichek


     Red, white, and green, shimmering
     against the sparkle of new snow,

     houses, trees, yards transformed,
     offering free light shows for all.

The mailbox—
     a magic box…overflowing with
     messages of love from near and far,

     multi-hued cards…mangers, kids,
     snowmen, Santas, bright connections.

     flames wafting smells of
     vanilla, cinnamon, pine,

     those in windows
     sending light to strangers.

     children’s voices, tiny faces shining,
     most of their halos slightly tipped,

     each one perfectly proclaiming
     the season’s message.

     Christmas carols everywhere,
     sleigh bells, church bells,

Salvation Army bells,

     warm childhood memories, tinsel icicles,
     cookies and milk, notes for Santa,

     parties with aunts, uncles, cousins,
     Grandma and Grandpa’s smiles at kids’ joy.

     The glow of Christmas
     is simply this:
     the Love

     wrapped around
     each gift and visit.

From Celebrating the Heart-land (Jericho Productions, 2009).
Used here with permission.

Linda Lee Konichek is a textbook author, entrepreneur, and former teacher who has always loved poetry, horses, and Wisconsin--not necessarily in that order. For more than 30 years, she has raised Morab horses (a cross between Morgans and Arabians) on a 114-acre farm in Eagle, Wisconsin; her poems tend to reflect the every day miracles that surround her there. Learn more about Linda at


Post New Comment:
Larry Schug:
"tinsel icicles" Say the that fast as you can ten times!
Posted 12/25/2022 07:06 PM
Lovely, expressive, upbeat!
Posted 12/25/2022 06:22 PM
Merry Christmas!
Posted 12/25/2022 05:23 PM
Lori Levy:
Captures the spirit of Christmas!
Posted 12/25/2022 11:23 AM
Joan Luther:
Merry Christmas! Love wrapped around: beautiful way to end these well-composed gifts
Posted 12/25/2022 08:23 AM

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