unanticipated love

Holiday haibun (prose exactly 200 words, Frank!) for dVerse “surprise” prompt

 

Christmas is a season of surprises. It began with virgin birth of a king in a cave, marked by a magnificent star. An angel choir sent musical birth announcements. Visitors included local shepherds fresh from the fields and, later, foreign scholars bearing tokens of wealth. The gifts were unusual for a baby shower but signified the child’s future rule, life’s sacrifice, and atoning death.

We celebrate Christmas with surprises hung in stockings, wrapped in packages under trees, bright lights to see and sweet treats to eat. It’s fun to delight someone we love with a gift that “fits” them perfectly. Guests may appear unexpectedly like changeable weather that alternates between merry and dreadful. Mistletoe, moods and mayhem can take us by surprise during the holy (holly) days.

The best surprises are little moments of unanticipated kindness during this season of good cheer. “Adopted” grandparents (now deceased) give children candy advent calendars with a window treat for each day of December. A busy mom who delivers a plate of homemade goodies with her children. A hearty hug and teary smile from an elderly relative in a senior center. A neighbor boy who leaves greeting card and his artwork in a mailbox.

 

stories of Christmas

wrapped with shiny memories

love surprises us

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. revivedwriter
    Dec 13, 2017 @ 20:38:43

    Aww, this warms my heart!

    Reply

  2. Frank Hubeny
    Dec 13, 2017 @ 17:18:36

    Unanticipated kindnesses are the best surprises. I liked this description: “weather that alternates between merry and dreadful”. Christmas is a season of surprises.

    Reply

  3. Singledust
    Dec 13, 2017 @ 16:25:10

    my heart sings with much joy reading your warm haibun and haiku that wraps everything up in gold. the hug you describe is to me the most pleasant surprise of all

    Reply

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