Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Memories Long Ago--By Celine Rose Mariotti--United States

Christmas Memories Long Ago

Christmas memories long ago,
Rush to my mind in a flow,
Nonie making dough for the pasta,
Margaret and I helping her,
Nonie always gave us a dish of ricotta cheese to eat,
Grandpa at the head of the table making the raviolis,
Uncle Dominic in the parlor watching a football game,
My Mom upstairs getting the house ready for Christmas,
Changing the curtains, changing the doilies,
My Dad helping us to put up our tree,
Testing the lights to make sure they were working,
My sister and I helping my Mom bake our cookies,
My Dad on the phone calling his old Army buddies,
My Dad playing Santa Claus, and I would
Get up and find him putting the presents under our tree,
“Skinny, you’re Santa Claus!” I would exclaim
Christmas memories of long ago,
Tucked away and wrapped with a bow.

Celine Rose Mariotti is an accomplished writer whose work has appeared in magazines all over the USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Australia and India. Some of those magazines include: Green’s Magazine, Poet’s Review, Poet’s Art, Tombigbee, Hindu Young World, Magnolia Quarterly, Lone Stars Magazine, Pablo Lennis, Coffee Ground Breakfast, Pink Chameleon and many more. She has had six books published. She plays the guitar and banjo; has her own home business and lives with her family in Shelton,CT.


  1. Love this. So many memories...

  2. Hi Celine, I enjoyed your lovely poem because it conjured up precious memories of my childhood! Since I'm Italian & Sicilian, Christmas wouldn't have been Christmas without the pastries & pasta dishes lovingly prepared by my wonderful relatives. The decorations added to the festivities as all my aunts, uncles & cousins gathered at grandma's house to celebrate this beautiful holiday! Many of those relatives are long gone, but the memories live on....Thanks for painting such a realistic picture in words! ~Chris

  3. Celine,I loved your well written poem with so many wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing your talent with us all here on Whispers.
    Love, Charlene

  4. Celine, I love your list of memories--nicely done and thank you for sharing!

  5. Celine,
    A lot of nice memories. I guess it must have been shocking to find out your father was Santa Claus. I miss your poetry in The Poet's Art...if you want to come back, remember it is $5 an issue...sorry I have to charge now, but I have my reasons...Good poem!
    Your friend,
    David Fox

  6. Good to visit your Christmas seasons of yesteryear Celine.