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Every Child Needs Christmas Vanessa Kisuule

Bristol City Poet
Christmas presents

Written by Vanessa Kisuule

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The poem has been written to raise awareness of Every Child Needs Christmas, a South West based initiative delivering gifts to children in need.

As December holds us in its frosty grip
We start giving and receiving gifts

Some love the rush and glitter of this special time
We spend too much money, drink too much mulled wine

Kids write long lists for Santa, pleading for the latest gadgets
Parents pay the price for this, rushing round the shops in panic

The pressure for a perfect Christmas is sometimes tough
We wonder if what we do, cook or buy will be enough

Some kids wake up to gift towers higher than their heads
Others wake up to no stocking on the end of their beds

Many families put hopes of a happy holiday aside
Austerity robs children of joy, their carers of pride

Those of us with plenty could spread some cheer
To more than just our own families this year

Not for the pull of pity or fleeting charity
But because it could so easily be you or me

To each other’s humanity we all bear witness
Remember that every child needs Christmas

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