I heard an old old Christmas song,
sung by grandma on Christmas eve.
It wasn’t in good stanzas long,
but it did the joyous times retrieve.
It gladdened my heart which did grieve
over all I thought I’d done wrong,
and could not annually achieve.
It did convey emotions strong
of joyous moments to relive:
Modest gifts, traditional meals
and the sweet scent of warmth that heals.
Contented in want we all shared,
whilst our affections showed we cared.
All on our humble home converged,
in living rooms hardly enlarged,
to drink and eat cheap wine and food,
in unrivaled ecstasy and mood.