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Christmas in the Little Yellow House

In Community Contributors by OC Monitor Staff

(Editor’s note: As part of our Community Contributors series, we will be publishing poetry. In the past, newspapers routinely published poetry from local authors. We at the Ohio County Monitor wanted to try to reach back into the past and bring the custom back to the present. Below you will find to Christmas poems. We hope you enjoy them.)

Christmas in the Little Yellow House

He would count every card, read back over them with care,
Once there were nine, but now on Christmas Eve, his home was just bare,

He loved colored bulbs, poinsettias, and seeing his grandkids smile,
The holidays remained his favorite all the while,

He collected plastic decorations, old hard candy tins, and even gift bows from year to year,
He was a man who held on to his treasures, he adored trinkets and mementos, wiping away tears,

Christmas Eve in the little yellow house, atop the hill he called home,
Was quiet now, he spent the night alone,

But rest assure, after Santa had come and went,
Christmas day would bring visitors, as if Heaven had answered and sent,

One by one they’d come rustling up the drive,
Bringing cheer, bringing laughter, bringing his reason to be alive,

93 years he would wait for his guests,
Each Christmas that came and went, he would vow was the best.

Erinn Williams hails from Whitley County in the heart of Southeastern Kentucky, and now resides in Owensboro with her husband, Seth. She is an Elementary Education major, working this fall in the Daviess County Public Schools as a preschool educator. Erinn is actively involved as a volunteer for the Bill Monroe Foundation at the Bill Monroe Homeplace in Rosine and recently served as the Kids Zone Coordinator for ROMP in Owensboro. Bluegrass runs deep within her roots, as she comes from a long line of musicians, and is an aspiring mandolin player. She is active in her church and in the recovery community. Erinn loves the outdoors, traveling with her husband, cooking, and appreciates a fresh glass of lemonade. She has a passion for writing, spreading hope through her faith, and being with family and friends.

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