O holy grail, thy will a steady gail
faithful attempts to pursue the Christmas dream
buy the perfect gift via the internet and mail
caught up in a tedious consumer regime
on credit, on lay away, more debt we grow
for shopping is the holy grail we know
fall on your knees before the corporate pleas
o holy grail, o holy grail
for thee, we must prevail
This is my entry for Chelsea’s Terrible Poetry Contest based on the song O Holy Night. If you’re inclined to read more poems or create one of your own, please visit her blog for more details at The Terrible Poetry Contest, Reunion of 2020.
Thanks for reading my cynical musings on our cultural obsession with shopping, gift buying, and material success. I actually enjoy giving and receiving presents, but believe we are out of balance in our priorities. My vision is for us to spend more time with friends and family bonding over food, love, conversation, and shared experiences, and less focus on gifts.
May your holidays be filled with loving connections.