Winter Blogfest: Herschel Cozine

Christmas is a magical time of year for children, especially those who still believe in Santa.  But for adults it can be a stressful, harried  nerve wracking time.  Presents to buy and wrap, trees to trim, sidewalks to shovel, meals to fix, relatives to house.  The list goes on.  Who in their right mind would look forward to this?

Perhaps it is the Scrooge in me that dwells on the negatives.  On the other hand there is the goodwill, the camaraderie, the smile and greeting from a total stranger in the supermarket.  Yes, Christmas is a two sided coin.

Some time ago, while in a better frame of mind than the previous comments indicate, I wrote a poem about the Christmas season.  I would like to share it with you at this time.

What Would Christmas Be?

What would Christmas be without—

A pretty package wrapped and tied,

With nice surprises tucked inside,

And ice and snow,

And mistletoe,

And crowded stores that overflow.

Oh, what would Christmas be?

What would Christmas be without–

A Christmas tree with twinkling lights;

A crackling fire on frosty nights,

And candy canes,

Electric trains,

And decorated window panes.

Oh, what would Christmas be?

What would Christmas be without–

The rush of traffic in the street,

And tables stacked with things to eat,

And tinsel strung,

And stockings hung,

And Christmas carols being sung.

Oh, what would Christmas be?

What would Christmas be?  I know–

A cheery smile or gentle touch

Of those around you love so much;

A Holy Birth

Of priceless worth,

Who spent a moment here on earth.

Oh, that would Christmas be.

cozineI would like to offer my book “Delinquency Report” published by Untreed Reads  as a gift to one of you.  It is a favorite of mine; a story of a young boy who loses his faith in Santa and the misadventures he encounters as a result.  It is a humorous bit of nostalgia that I believe you will enjoy. Just leave a comment!    

About the Author: Herschel Cozine has published extensively in both children and adult publications. Work by Herschel has also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazines, Sherlock Holmes Magazine, Wolfmont Press Toys For Tots Anthologies and Woman’s World.  His story, “A Private Hanging” was a finalist for the Derringer award.








  1. I agree with everything except the “ice and snow.” I can do without that (smile!). Merry Christmas, Herschel, and best wishes for 2014!

  2. Love the poem, Herschel. In fact, I love all your work. I’m a big fan.
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Nice poem

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