Today we visited friends
Who were decorating their Christmas tree.
I'm not in a Christmas mindset yet,
But this definitely triggered the process.
There's something so refreshingly familiar--
The beauty of a tree,
The steady task of stringing lights,
Jewels that will light the night.
Conversation turns to Christmases past--
Memories, laughter, sometimes tears,
Each one like an ornament
Suspended in the mind.
A star of joy bursts forth
And the celebration begins again.