Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Letter 'W'

Of all the many Xmas trappings
We're most aware of Xmas wrappings.
Try to imagine a Xmas Tree
Without the brilliant hues we see
Hiding the precious gifts inside
And all with pretty ribbons tied!
Wrapping-paper, we tend to think
Must be a very ancient link
To years and years way in the past!
Tradition that's been made to last!
But at the time my mother was born
The paper we now see crushed and torn,
Designed to do nothing else but wrap,
Came about by a mere mishap!
In nineteen-hundred, so we're told,
Tissue-paper alone was sold;
The colours were red and green and white;
No little pictures were in sight.
In 1917 the brothers Hall
Had no tissue-paper left at all!
They had sold-out! What could they do?
They had to think of something new.
Sheets for lining envelopes
Started reviving all their hopes.
Normally these sheets were cut
To fit the envelope sizes but
Now they laid full sheets in view!
They happened to be patterned too!
 People raved and people clamoured;
Even on the windows hammered!
The paper sheets ran out the door!
And so they printed more and more!
They made designs of stars and trees
And other emblems such as these.
The Hall brothers built their company
Purely accidentally!
'Hallmark'... the name is known world-wide!
Paper to wrap gifts inside
Became their 'hallmark' (excuse the pun)
And they were copied by everyone.
So the wrapping paper we all know
Appeared not many years ago!
Less than a hundred! A recent addition!
Yet already we call it 'a tradition'!



I wonder at the wonder
Surrounding a little story!
A baby born so long ago
Now imbued with pomp and glory.
I wonder at the wonder
If perchance it should be true.
And I wonder at the ways of man
And what belief can do.
I wonder at the wondrous words,
Tale-telling down the ages,
And I wonder at the power of books
And their reverential pages.
I wonder at world-wide beliefs,
Passed down through generations.
Widely accepted everywhere
Without any reservations.
We live in a world of wonder
Whatever's false or true,
And it's a wonder in itself.....
What wondering can do!


Sylvia K said...

Marvelous post, fascinating history as always, Brenda! Hope your week is going well! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

So that's how Hallmark started?

Brenda, I hope you and your family have a Wonderful Christmas :-)

God Bless You, ~Ron

Roger Owen Green said...

two lovely poems; and you're always so informative.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Hildred said...

Wonderful poems, as always. Happy Christmas wishes!

Nanka said...

Loved the two poems especially the first for all that information about how a giant was born (Hallmark) It had a great pace to it and that is what I like about your poems always moving ahead!!

Joy said...

Wrapping by accident, probably what my parcels look like when I've finished (not my strong suit). Love the story poem and how a business was created for something people didn't know they wanted. Perfect.
Wishing you and yours the wonder of Christmas.

Jenny said...

Wonder really touched me.

What writing. Wow.