It’s better to give than to receive, as the saying goes. But then, of course, there is sharing which contains a bit of both. This mini-anthology of specially-commissioned poems by leading poets captures the rich rewards of that exchange – whether the memory of time spent with a loved one, the singing of carols or the magic of getting ready for Christmas morning with a young child:
“We fill your pillow case with glittered jewels
and illuminated texts. In the morning you wake to find a room
covered with frosted leaves, berries and fairy lights.”
from ‘Midwinter Gods’ by Jessica Mookherjee
There’s humour in an imagined baby shower for the new-born Christ-child, complete with a carpentry set and a bottle of pink fizz from someone who thought it was going to be a girl. Elsewhere we encounter an ailing family cat who recovers just in time to run rings around the Christmas tree.
This selection will delight and entertain – while also reminding us of the things that really count.