Christmas Greetings



There is nothing I can give you
which you have not
but there is much I cannot give
which you can take.

Take Joy
Take Peace
Take Life
Take Heart.

All can be dark
yet in the darkness
is Joy, Peace
Life and Heart.

We need only look
to take these for our own;
Touch the Angel’s hand
that brings these gifts to you

So at this time I greet you
with profound esteem and hope
that for you always, the dawn breaks
and the shadows flee away.



Inspired by a letter of Christmas greetings from Fra Giovanni Giocondo to his friend, the Countess Allegio Aldobrandeschi of Venice on Christmas Eve 1513 – 504 years ago.

I didn’t think the Friar would mind.


Best wishes for Christmas and 2018!


And from the greatest Christmas concert ever,  done as only New York can do it, two true American Divas; Kathleen Battle, daughter of an Ohio steel worker and Frederica von Stade, one of our Jersey girls at Carnegie Hall – 1992.  Brava!!


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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9 Responses to Christmas Greetings

  1. zdunno03 says:

    And a Merry Christmas to you, too.

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Great family photos, and a nice adaptation of the Friar’s letter.
    Let’s enjoy what we can, while we can, Frank.
    Thanks for all that wonderful reading during the past year.
    My best wishes to all, from England.

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  3. Jennie says:

    Wonderful poem and photo, Frank. Merry Christmas to you!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. chicagoguy14 says:

    What a great looking crowd. Pretty good music too! Merry Christmas to all!!

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  5. toritto says:

    Same to you Roger! Bestwishesfor2018! Regards from sunny warm Florida

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Nollaig Shona Daoibh, Frank! Agus bíodh Bliain Úr den scoth agat in 2018! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  7. toritto says:

    Heehee! Don’t understand a word you wrote- yet I do, All the best! Regards..

    PS-Do I recognize some English slang words originating from that?


    Liked by 1 person

  8. GP Cox says:

    All the best the season has to offer. Chill and enjoy!

    Liked by 1 person

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