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Merry Christmas Eve! This is Snowflake Kisses last verse, and as sad as I am for it to be over, I’m so excited it’s Christmas Eve!
Not because I’m planning a festive gathering – not this year – but because of all the fun and exciting memories it brings up for me.
Memories of when I was growing up, and memories of when my daughter was growing up, as well as all the years in between. No matter how stressful some of the days leading up to Christmas sometimes were, it’s the happy memories that pleasantly stick and linger over the years.
Christmas does take on a whole other life when children are near, or when thinking of it from a child’s perspective. That’s how I created Snowflake Kisses. By allowing myself to dream and wish and imagine frivolous childlike things.
Things like snowflake kisses, snowflakes on eyelashes, snowflake wishes, these all came to mind so easily while thinking of the one I wrote this poem for as a Christmas gift so many years ago.
I wrote the last line with a very specific and special person in mind – my daughter. This is why I directed this verse to include only one single person to receive all of these snowflakes.
However, I found myself thinking of it differently today. After reading verse 24 on its own and having shared Snowflake Kisses with everyone this December, I thought I should revise the last line. Of course, I’ll have to check with my daughter, since I gifted this poem to her! But knowing her generosity and kindness, I think she would be delighted to share snowflakes with everyone.
What if it ended like this: “Are snowflakes for you and me”
Or how about this: “Are snowflakes for everybody”
If you’d like to share your thoughts on how Snowflake Kisses should end, please click on the snowflake to complete this quick and simple survey!
The poll will stay open until January 5th 2020, and the poem will return every now and then – just like snowflakes do.
This might be Snowflake Kisses’ last line, but don’t miss Snowflake’s Hockey Tale – there’s morecoming today and tomorrow!
I can’t believe tomorrow is the last day for Snowflake Kisses, and I can’t believe how quickly these December days have gone by! Soon Christmas will have come and gone, and we can look forward to 2020!
Hmm. Is that an inside-out oxymoron?
Twenty-four days of December counted down one verse at a time – CadentWords’ first Christmas Countdown is almost over!
Don’t miss Snowflake Kisses’ final line – Verse 24 tomorrow!
There you go – done! The word “soon” from today’s verse 22, with an added “er” completes my self-assigned writing task once more!
Now I can get to my Snowflake Kiss drink! Not literally of course. I won’t be drinking it as I write this, I’ll simply share with you this very simple, rather traditional, and likely already been done before drink recipe. But please remember this:
I am not a bartender Nor am I a mixologist Heck! I’m not even a very good waitress!
This very simple drink Certainly has been done before I simply renamed it as a Snowflake Kiss!
Although some might add too much rum to my favorite festive drink, it can certainly be enjoyed without any alcohol at all. And since the Snowflake Kisses poem is almost done, please don’t drink too much rum or you might miss the last two lines!
Only 3 sleeps to go until Christmas. Only 2 verses left until the end of Snowflake Kisses.
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Well, it seems to be a certainty – snowflakes will not be falling this Christmas for me. The frightful weather is dreadful! Wet, rainy, windy and dreary, but thankfully it’s not freezing!
My Christmas decorations however, are filled with snowflake kisses.
An acquaintance from many years ago was kind enough to let me stay at his home while he’s away this year. A wonderful location, however rainy it might be, I’m very grateful to be accommodated while I pursue this new creative writing career.
A month or so ago, thinking it would be a nice gift for my friend to return to, I purchased a small pine tree. With Christmas closing in, I thought it should be displayed prominently, so I perched it up on the stump of a log which I surrounded with white flowers to hide the pot it still sits in.
This is an outdoor tree of course, and I’ve yet to decorate the small artificial tree I have for the living room. But this little live outdoor tree, could very well suffice as my Christmas decoration for this year.
A few weeks ago, I added a string of white lights to brighten up the darker days and early nights. The white blooming pansies and hellebores, at times covered in raindrops, capture every flicker of light, just like a blanket of snow would. And the clippings of snowberries sprinkled on its nettles, are like snowflakes on its evergreen branches.
It’s really a very lovely little tree. And even though my friend isn’t much of a gardener, I hope he’ll enjoy it for many years – whether it be decorated or not, and whether or not it snows.
Oh how easily I get carried away! Enough about my Christmas decorations! It’s time for me to get to CadentWords’ creative writing assignment!
Here’s my sentence of the day, from today’s Snowflake Kisses – Verse 21:
“No matter how quickly Christmas comes and goes, preparing and setting-up decorations always conjures up wonderful memories.”
That’s why I decorated this year, and that’s why I decorate every year. Because even though I’m not hosting, and even though I won’t be near family and friends, the joy of creating new visual images, positively stimulates my senses.
And every morning, when I pull back the drapes, there’s a snowflake-kissed, cheerful little pine tree to greet me. Often surrounded by chirping little birds, it’s a great way to start what often could be a rather dreary day.
Although I know what tomorrow’s verse is, I’ve yet to pick a word and I’ve yet to think up a new sentence.
But I do know this: I can’t wait to share another Christmas favorite! It’s a festive Christmas drink that tastes just like a snowflake kiss!
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December 20 is here and with only five sleeps left until Christmas Day, I just realized how late I am with Christmas preparations! So after yesterday’s lengthy post, I’ll keep this one short and sweet so that I can get on with setting up some Christmas decorations.
Verse 20 from Snowflake Kisses brings back fond childhood memories. With only two years between each of my two siblings, there was a very short window in time when we all still believed in the magic of Christmas.
These were the years when, a week before Christmas, my mother would be baking, sometimes late into the evenings. Then, on the day of Christmas Eve, we would have to go to bed sometime around 4pm in the afternoon for a good long nap until my mother would wake us just before midnight.
I clearly recall one year where my brother, sister and I all bunked together in one room. Difficult to contain our excitement, mom must have returned three or four times until we received our last warning. This is when we coaxed each other into covering our eyes with the hope that we would fall asleep faster.
So for today’s self-imposed writing assignment, I’ll rephrase verse 20 from Snowflake Kisses while drawing memories from the past. Even though this might not have been exactly as it was said, it’s certainly how I recall it:
“Cover your eyes for just two seconds, and before you know it, Santa will be here!”
I just tuned into my playlist where Christmas melodies are playing, and yes, the weather outside is frightful, but I am nevertheless heading out there to look for a Christmas tree!
Don’t miss tomorrow’s Verse 21 – it’s the first verse of Snowflake Kisses’ last stanza!
If you’ve been following CadentWords’ Christmas Countdown, you likely realize by now that this isn’t your ordinary poetry website.
This isn’t a guide on how to write poetry and I’m not an instructor or literary degree holder. I’m simply a person who enjoys writing to express myself – at times whimsically, and at times more seriously – and I enjoy doing that through poetry.
Cadent Words is a casual term and concept based on the creative use of words to express oneself. There are likely grammatical errors here and there, typos, improper spelling and punctuation – and at times it might be intentional, but at other times it could very well be an oversight.
Being the only contributing writer, editor, word processor, and website developer dedicated to this site, I tend to read and re-read myself way too often. Hence, while aiming to share the proper words and thoughts with those who take the time to read through these lines, I’m certain that I occasionally miss a few things here and there.
But the point of this website, and the point of sharing Snowflake Kisses, was intended to demonstrate how creative writing is more than just an exercise in writing for me. Over the years, I came to realize how it brought on greater awareness of my perceptions and opinions while instilling a sense of confidence that had for too long been diminished.
If I were to take this a step further, I’d share with you that for the longest time, while working a full-time job which at times had to be supplemented by one or two part-time jobs in order to get by, it often felt like my eyes were very slowly closing – as in falling into a deep coma!
Of course, while writing Snowflake Kisses, the line “Then very slowly close your eyes”, wasn’t referring to the aforementioned. But as frivolous as this poem might seem, it’s one of the poems I wrote while starting to pull myself out of the long snooze I had been dulled into.
Creative writing not only occupied excess time I had on my hands due to sudden unemployment, more importantly, it reintroduced me to my own thoughts and opinions again. And along with this renewed cognitive awareness, I became more aware of, and was constantly reminded how valid and real my emotional and intuitive senses are.
Having written too much already, as the editor of this website, I would most likely trash this post and fire myself – but I won’t, and I didn’t. It is what it is for today, and I hope that tomorrow I can share some wonderful childhood memories of the most exciting night of the year. The night where my siblings and I had to slowly close our eyes for an early night’s sleep so that we could wake up just before midnight to celebrate Christmas Eve!
There are only 6 sleeps left until Christmas!
Thank you for following these Snowflake Kissed verses.
I’ll write again tomorrow and try to stick to the assignment next time!
Next Wednesday is Christmas Day, and by that time, all the verses to Snowflake Kisses will have been revealed. Which has me feeling somewhat sorrowful.
This poem is filled with so many wonderful words conjuring up such joyful images, that I’m not looking forward for it to be done. But then again, I am looking forward for the next poem to be featured in January 2020.
Next Wednesday is Christmas Day and the Wednesday after that will be New Year’s Day. The next two weeks will fly by in seconds, just like today’s self-imposed writing assignment has.
If you haven’t noticed, I selected the word “seconds” from today’s Snowflake Kissed verse – and here’s another one, just for fun:
“With only six lines to go, and six days until Christmas Eve, it will seem like less than twelve seconds before this poem is revealed.”
I can’t wait for tomorrow’s new line for a new word to be inspired by!
Is it really a star we’re preparing to look at, or is it a snowflake?
When reading this verse today, almost a decade after writing it, the star I can’t help but think of, is the one this poem was written for.
I wrote Snowflake Kisses as a Christmas gift for my daughter in 2010. Even though she was no longer a child or living at home, I enjoyed recalling the innocence and childlike simplicity that brought so much pleasure and joy throughout the Christmas seasons we shared together while she grew up.
I could easily be distracted, reminiscing and sharing some of those wonderful memories, but I’ll refrain from doing that right now. Instead, I’ll stick to the creative writing task of the day!
Due to its endless magical and sparkling possibilities, it was difficult to bypass the word “star” from today’s verse. “Look” might have been an interesting one to work with as well, but I chose the word “ready”, and this is the new line I wrote:
“I am not ready for Christmas this year.”
I realize how dreadful and somber this might sound, so I added a few lines and created a poem out of it. Are you ready for this new poem? I think I might title it, Readily Busily:
I have been so busy Working so very diligently At keeping myself so very busy That I am not ready for Christmas this year!
I have no baking done I have no decorations Heck I don’t even have a Christmas tree!
But it’s quite alright with me To be kept so very busy Because I daydream everyday Of snowflake kisses for you and me!
Well into the second half of Snowflake Kisses, the last two blocks will slide by so quickly, before we know it, Christmas Eve will be here!