A Fairy & a Bauble: Video Christmas Tree Poem

IMG 1960 A Fairy & a Bauble: Video Christmas Tree Poem

Is there any such thing as a perfect Christmas?

A Video Christmas Tree Poem

Kirstie Profile Small A Fairy & a Bauble: Video Christmas Tree Poem Putting up the Christmas tree is one of those annual rituals. I don’t know about you, but in our house the ritual is always changing. When Stuart and I were first married it was about togetherness and sealing the deal of our first Christmas in our London home. When the kids were little it was about keeping sticky toddler hands away from the glittering mass. These days it’s about cajoling teenagers away from Minecraft to join in the fun. It’s always different and reflects the changing nature of family. But there’s one constant in dressing the tree; the old green bauble…

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While I put the angel on my tree, my very own fairy looks on

The old green bauble

As we put up the Christmas tree this weekend, my daughter was drawn to the old green bauble. And to its story. Every year we buy one new bauble for the tree. But this one harks back to the days before we had kids. It may even have been passed down through the family. While other baubles have dropped and smashed, this one has hung around; an undecorated and slightly too large piece of coloured glass that’s always left in the box to the end. But instead of hiding it away around the back like I usually do, this year Hannah put it front and centre. And it got me thinking. About all that this bauble has seen. If you looked in its reflection over the years, you’d see baby Matthew throwing up over the presents on his first Christmas. You’d see Christmas dinners being overcooked and undereaten. You’d see chaotic family viewings of Nativity and The Queen with popcorn flying, drinks spilled and crisps crunched into the carpet. You’d see the relief on our faces when the overexcited little people finally went to bed and we settled down with a box of Thornton’s and a bottle of wine.

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The old green bauble has a tale or two to tell of Christmas past

Perfect imperfection

This bauble has soaked up years of imperfect Christmas days. Yet to me it reflects back perfection. Every one of those days are their own bubble of perfection. A happy, dysfunctional, noisy family, unwrapped and untamed. This year for the first time it will reflect the teenage years, with all the joy and tears that may bring. It will reflect a little girl in her party dress, admiring her new favourite trinket on the tree.

Seasonal reflections

And maybe one day when she’s putting up the tree with her kids, Hannah will dig out the old green bauble and see my face in its reflection. And remember the perfect, imperfect Christmas Day we are about to have. And maybe she’ll remember me? So watch our video poem. It’s the story of this old green bauble, and perhaps the story of all families as they grow, grow apart, grow old and look back on their yuletide rituals. Seasons greetings from us all.

The fairy and the bauble

Her childish hand encircles

an old green bauble

eyes bright as the angel

we stand beneath

my little fairy

hangs it with care

onto an artificial tree

that weaves

glitter and Santa

into Christmas Eve


we all believe in elves

and toast a fat man

who scoffs mince pies

and drains the sherry

from a glass we leave half filled with hope


was it just last night

that brought us to

this perfect day

of unwrapped presents

uneaten food

a glimmer of truce between

brother and sister

that grows and glows

I cup it in my hand


fragile as glass

precious as a bauble

I hold it close

knowing it won’t last

with a tinsel flutter

my fairy will fly

into Christmas past

where presents lose this sparkle

and memories fade


until one winters’ day

when she unwraps

an old green bauble

and goes tumbling

back to an artificial tree

to a perfect day

and me.

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Wishing Tree, Christmas Shop, Akureyri, Iceland


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  1. Elaine Livingstone December 22, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    a very worthy winner, love your poem and the video to go with it


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