Ani’s Advent 2019! Getting it right… and a poem from Willow

Dear Santa,

I’ve been thinking. I know you always bring me new toys and treats, but …and don’t tell her this… I prob’ly get more than enough treats all year and my toy box is overflowing.  I’ve still got loads of brand new balls left from my tennis ball tree. And there’s lots of four-legses and two-legses who have none at all.

I don’t mind if you give them mine.

She told me about one Christmas when she was left alone with my boys who were very little. They wouldn’t have had any presents or any nice food if it hadn’t been for the Salvation Army knocking on her door and delivering a Christmas. She knew they were too young to notice, but she knew and it was breaking her heart. That knock on the door changed everything and my boys smiles on Christmas morning was her Christmas present that year.

Everyone needs a little help now and then…and sometimes a lot of help.  She told me too about a time when she had nowhere to go. She told me how scary it was out there at night and how cold. Now, I like being outside in the dark… but it is different if there is only a curtain between you and a nice, warm sofa.

So, if you want to share my stuff with any other dogs who don’t have nice, warm sofas or someone to cuddle, that’s okay.

And Ruby’s mum, Willow has something to say about that too…

Much love, Ani xxx

From Willow

Christmas is drawing near.
Tinsel, fairies, Santa’s everywhere, tiny lights twinkle.
Hurry past her, close your eyes, tell yourself she’s okay
It is so easy to believe, convenient lies and hope she will go away.
Don’t give her a second thought.
What were the circumstances that, her to this corner brought.
How old is she? she does look young.
But some of them play on that they work in gangs….Scum.
She does look cold, she needs a coat.
She looks so hungry and tired. Is that a lump in your throat?
There are lots of souls like her around,
Sleeping in doorways and cardboard boxes in our cities and our towns.
Should you give her your coat or your change, buy her a hot drink
You don’t want her to spend it on booze or drugs help her out, don’t you think?
This dilemma makes you feel sad well what can I say life can be bad!
She might be an angel she might be just be lost.
But if you just helped her would that be too high a cost.
So spare a thought as you gather round your Christmas tree.
With your Christmas treats for all your family,
For all those who are lost, sad, lonely, cold or in pain.
If you gave to a homeless charity you would not loose, just think of what you could gain

Crisis at Christmas:

Salvation Army:

Or a local charity, anywhere in the world.

About Willow Willers

I am the mum of three boys all now grown and flown to live their own lives. Luckily they do keep in touch and visit often. I now have two beautiful grandsons.

When I started this blog I had not long come home from the hospital after an accident in which I broke my back. I was in the hospital for a month and had three operations.

It has taken me a long time to recover, I am still recovering but every day my body is getting stronger. It has taken a huge toll on me mentally I had to retire early on health grounds, I had to come to terms with finding out people I thought were friends were not. I had to make a new life for myself. Things I could do easily have become difficult. 

Writing poetry and prose has helped me a great deal, in fact, I think it has saved my life. 

Find and follow Willow Willers

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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59 Responses to Ani’s Advent 2019! Getting it right… and a poem from Willow

  1. We have a lot of beggars on our streets and it seems to be increasing by the day. Our neighbouring country of Zimbabwe is in a state of collapse and many Zimbabweans have crossed the border hoping for a means of survival. I don’t ever give money to beggars, I hand out tins of food. I prefer to give money to the church who administer its application. A lovely poem, Willow. I have seen homeless people in your country and Budapest had a lot of homeless men, although apparently there is a story around that.

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  2. Ritu says:

    Beautiful, poignant poem Sis 💜

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  3. Sadje says:

    A very touching post.


  4. Daniel Kemp says:

    What a brilliant topic to raise at this time of year. I salute your charitable mind.


  5. Daniel Kemp says:

    Reblogged this on Daniel Kemp and commented:
    Be Charitable at Christmas

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  6. Darlene says:

    A heartfelt poem, Willow and Ruby. Not everyone has a happy Christmas. Some dogs and cats are lonely and cold at Christmas too. Our family gives money to animal and people charities here in Spain. Dot and her mom. xo

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! Ani thank you for posting my Mum letter she and I are grateful that you have brought this to the fore. And well done Ani for offering to share your toys and treats, I am sure he will not stint on your things because you are so good 💜💜💜


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  9. fransiweinstein says:

    Such a lovely post Ani. And I so agree with you. As wonderful as Christmas is, it does often ignore those who have little or nothing and lavish more on those who already have more than enough. So it’s up to us.

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  10. Generosity and compassion are important all year round, but feel especially poignant at Christmas time. Thoughtful reflections from you Ani, and a beautiful poem from Willow.

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  11. Sue, this series is really lovely. I missed a few last week, but I’ve been catching up.
    Ani, has got the most wholesome, loving eyes… The picture is beautiful!!!

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  12. Nobody should be homeless at any time of year but it is all the more tragic at this time of year when it is so family orientated.. Lovely poem Willow and Ani’s sentiments are something we can all apply. xx


  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Salvation Army and many other charities, for both humans and animals, deserve our donations now, and all year through. Automatic monthly deductions are particularly helpful.


  14. dgkaye says:

    Such a beautiful and touching post Ani and Willow. So many in such desperate need seems to be growing everywhere. A world full of riches yet so many starve 😦 ❤


  15. A very lovely poem, and Ani is such a wonderful fourlegger reminding on the sadness in the neighbourhood too. Thank you very much, because it seems the world gets more and more out of control. Michael


  16. Thank you for the enjoyable post. When you write about dogs (and cats and birds), you have me–love them.


  17. Excellent lead-up to the poem by Willow. It’s always good to think of those who might need a little extra help.


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