making the list
receiving the boxes
putting the tags
leaving part blank
putting them under the tree
and waiting alone
In this poem a lonely person buys themselves Christmas gifts. The person goes through steps. They make a list of what they want, they order the gifts online, they receive the boxes, and they wrap them. When the person puts name tags on the gifts they leave the “From” blank. They are afraid that if someone does happen come by that they will see that they bought gifts for themselves. They don’t want this to happen, so they leave the “From” blank so it will look like they received the gifts. They then put the gifts under their Christmas tree and they wait alone until Christmas to unwrap them.
This poem shows a lonely person trying to have some feeling of the holiday. They could have bought themselves things and just had them, but they decided to wrap the items to feel like they got gifts.
The person is self-conscious of their behavior though and hides what they are doing to a degree by leaving the “From” spaces blank on the tags. This is for the reason mentioned above, but also because the person just feels lonelier when they acknowledge what they are doing. Not having the “From” helps them to ignore their reality some.
As an aside, if any readers know anyone who might be spending Christmas alone this year, do something for them. Send them an email. Send a note on social media. Send a card. Send a gift. If possible, see if the person wants to visit you on Christmas if that is possible. Help the person not have the circumstances in the poem.