Bells on Christmas Eve

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Bells on Christmas Eve

Jupiter aligned with Saturn
and winter took a bitter turn.
Our flashlights scanned the galaxy 
as the hoot owl whispered softly.

Do you remember hearing bells
as Christmas Eve snow fell?
By my window cold and icy,
as the hoot owl whispered softly.

Where did you go? Why did you leave?
Bells break the silence as I grieve.
My shattered dreams a memory
as the hoot owl whispered softly.

Jupiter aligned with Saturn
as the hoot owl whispered softly.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2020
December 24, 2020

For my Mom and Dad…. memories surround me this Christmas as we prepare for a very different and lonely holiday season without being able to be with family due to COVID. I am missing my family intensely this holiday season, particularly sad we cannot visit with Mom this Christmas. This poem contains elements and references to both of them; the repeating line was triggered by hearing a hoot owl several nights ago outside my window, the first time in our 8 years living here. My Mom loves owls, and she is a constant in our lives. ❤

Today I will be chopping walnuts, just like Dad did every Christmas Eve for his delicious walnut cake. I will never forget the excitement that both Dad and Mom brought all of us kids during the Christmas season. There are so many cherished memories – writing this took me back to the time as a child when I woke up on Christmas Eve, so excited that I heard jingle bells and tried to look out the icy window to see if Santa was on our roof! Even though we didn’t have a lot of material things growing up – we had a lot of love and that’s all that matters. I wish each of you a peaceful Christmas with lots of love and blessings. xoxo

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 42.13 Topic: The Meaning of Dreams
Hard Bonus (2 points): Mention a Childhood Memory (hearing bells jingling on Christmas Eve)
Easy Bonus (1 Point): Include Something Battery Operated (flashlights)


1.  White fox
2.  The snow fox
3.  North Pole
4.  White out conditions
5.  The fox and the hound
6.  Foxy loxy
7.  Sly like a fox
8.  Fox is my spirit animal
9.  Snowblind
10.  Walking in a winter wonderland

Topic:  Craig   Picture:  Lika


  1. tylermyrth72 says:

    It will be a very different holiday this year, our first without either kid

    1. I hear you on that! Even when we didn’t have the kids up in VA or visiting them in FL, we would gather with my Mom, brothers and sisters who are local. This year it’s just the cats and us. It’s going to be very different for most of us. Merry Christmas! ❤

    1. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Chris! ❤

  2. Michael Todd says:

    I know I should have a holiday song playing in my head, after reading this, but darned if the song I am hearing is “Wildfire” by Michael Martin Murphy.

    Merry Christmas, Colleen.

    1. Yes, yes, yes!! It was the owl at the window that was the initial idea for this poem. As I pondered that repeating line, Wildflire was playing in my head. Great minds think alike. Merry Christmas, dear friend!!! ❤

  3. Irene Melgoza says:

    My mom used to make walnut bread…at least that’s what we called it. It was so good. One of my sisters made one not too long ago, but it was not the same. Still good, though. Have a Merry Christmas, my lovely.

    1. Sweet Irene, thank you for sharing that! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, dear friend! xoxo

  4. We do miss loved one especially at the holidays. 8 points Earthling

  5. falcon1974 says:

    I am definitely feeling much of that melancholy this year. It’s going to be difficult all alone. I wish you a very merry Christmas Colleen.

  6. Beautiful ode to your Mom and Dad Colleen! That is so special to have an Owl visit. I hope you can see your family soon xo Merry Christmas!

  7. No one just me for Christmas. but My daughters from NJ are driving here on the 30th. So as many of family can meet for New Years to exchange gifts, share dinner and bring in the New Year

    1. We will be taking pics. and I’ll share

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