When I was young Christmas came every year
but I didn't know what it was
coming back to school after the break the other kids would ask:
"What toys did you get for Christmas?"
I would look down at my new shoes without holes and wonder:
what did they mean?
Christmas, I knew, was the time of year where there was a little extra food in the house
the time of year where the lady next door watched me while mom worked extra hard
it was when the church ladies came over and hemmed the clothes that were too big so they would fit all year
I got extra blankets
shoes that aren't two sizes too small
why would I get toys?
from a very young age I realized that for me, Christmas always happened
but it wasn't the same as everyone else