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Hymn to the Holidays
Jayne Jaudon Ferrer


‘Tis the holiday season,
upon us at last--
three months of ebullience
and hearty repasts.
First, black and orange bedlam,
Halloween hue and cry,
then turkeys and pilgrims
and Mom’s pumpkin pie.
December descends in
the arms of Jack Frost,
a month of abundance,
no matter the cost.
Presents and pageants
and parties galore,
carols and cards…
everywhere, such décor!
In the year’s final season,
our blessings abound:
time with family and friends
as we gather around…
precious memories rekindled
as new ones are made…
and hope springs as plans for
the future are laid.
The holiday season’s exhausting,
for sure, but for all of the work
and expense you endure,
you’re rewarded with thoughts
that will last ‘til year end--
which makes it worthwhile
when it rolls ‘round again!

© by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer.
Used with the author's permission.


Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is the author of five books of poetry, a nonfiction book about games, and a novel, Hayley and the Hot Flashes. Jayne created in 2009 to share the pleasure and diversity of poetry. A former copywriter, magazine editor, newspaper columnist, and freelance journalist, her work has appeared in hundreds of publications. When not writing or reading, Jayne enjoys music, old movies, gardening, hiking, and good conversation. A native Floridian, she has lived in Greenville, South Carolina, for almost 30 years. Learn more about her at




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Love it!!!
Posted 11/27/2023 09:06 AM
What a nice way to kick off the holiday season, Jayne. Have you considered framing this and hanging it where anyone celebrating the season with you can see it? A poetic ornament, to be brought out and displayed prominently at the proper time. Like now.👍
Posted 11/26/2023 05:43 PM
What a fun poem, Jayne! Thank you!
Posted 11/24/2023 07:26 PM
Jayne, this is a vividly descriptive masterpiece. I love every line.
Posted 11/24/2023 06:34 PM
Thanks so much for all your lovely comments. Here's to a wonderful holiday season for all of us!
Posted 11/24/2023 06:32 PM
Larry Schug:
Good work, JAYNE. i think you've cut the ribbon on the season. Let the good times flow.
Posted 11/24/2023 05:51 PM
Its impossible to top whats already been said. All great comments that I agree with wholeheartedly! Thanks, Jayne, for all your hard work in support of poetry.
Posted 11/24/2023 05:03 PM
What a robust and uplifting hymn. Thank you and merry, merry!
Posted 11/24/2023 03:43 PM
I love it from "In the year's final season" through to the end. I would like that to be the whole poem. Thanks Jayne for sharing your own poems as well as for encouraging ours...
Posted 11/24/2023 01:49 PM
Kelly Scott:
Kudos! What a delightful poem to start the day!
Posted 11/24/2023 01:23 PM
Lori Levy:
A poem full of joy! Perfect for this season. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Posted 11/24/2023 01:17 PM
Ebullient and hopeful holiday rhyme. Thank you.
Posted 11/24/2023 11:59 AM
Arlene Gay Levine:
A wonderful warm and cozy poem from the leading lady of the YDP family.
Posted 11/24/2023 11:42 AM
I totally agree with Shoshauna!
Posted 11/24/2023 10:05 AM
And we, lucky subscribers, continue to reap the nicely wrapped gifts of Your Daily Poem, Jayne, the present piece a prime example. A Thanksgiving shoutout to you and yours!
Posted 11/24/2023 10:01 AM
Jayne serves in so many ways.
Posted 11/24/2023 09:18 AM
Shoshauna Shy:
Love your poems, your books, your kindness, your zest and optimism, Jayne! You make the world a better place in so many ways!
Posted 11/24/2023 08:55 AM
A warm sentiment presented with craft and style. Very nicely done!
Posted 11/24/2023 08:43 AM
Darrell Arnold:
Not only is Jayne a terrific website manager, but she is also a fine poet -- fine in both concept and technical delivery. And, to top it all off, her heart and mind are in the right place. She sets a fine example for all of us to follow. Jayne is one of my heroes.
Posted 11/24/2023 08:25 AM
What fun!
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