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Christmas on Mars

My writer’s group got together today for lunch. To celebrate the season, we decided to bring a short story about Christmas. I really struggled with writing a story. I pondered the theme, really thought about what goes into a good Christmas tale. In frustration, it occurred to me that I may as well be writing about Christmas on Mars. Which lead to me thinking about what would Christmas on Mars be like. After much scribbling and revisions, I came up with this poem.

One of my friends suggested that I send this poem to NASA. I have no idea how to do that, but please feel free to share it. Maybe we can get it to the Mars program. When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a Mars colonist, I may never make to Mars but it would be cool if my poem made it to NASA.



Image courtesy of Wikipedia and NASA



First Christmas on Mars

by Theresa Diaz Gray

How did we celebrate, that first time around?

Everything bleak, no snow on the ground.


No presents, no yule log, especially no tree

no tinsel, no candy canes, how could it be?


We took up the challenge, for we were the best,

a dozen NASA scientists, we’d pass this test.


For a tree, our fractal antenna did serve,

we hung ornaments on every last curve.


Our ship was garlanded with diodes and transistors,

shiny CD disks and solid state resistors.


Eggnog was made for our Christmas cheer,

from freeze dried ingredients and (ahem) Everclear.


Hanging on to each other, so we wouldn’t fall

twelve lonely astronauts, we gave it our all.


Our heavenly chorus sang,”Silent Night”

as we looked up longingly at the Earth’s shiny light.


That’s how it happened, I tell you it’s true,

how Christmas was celebrated by the original crew.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Theresa, I’ve just came across your blog from Peter 🙂 I loved his robe for mum and still have some thoughts about making smthy similar for myself. I read your reaction there and decided to visit “tu sitio”. Christmas on Mars – funny! I’ve been working in the Space Research Institute in Moscow, not as an astronomer but i wrote computer programs for them. Then married one 🙂 So I’m not alien to the thematic explorations of the subject ….
    I also used to lived in three countries – we moved to the biggest ( radio) observatory in the world (at the time) in PUerto-Rico. Y yo estaba viviendo alla por los dos años y ¡ me encanta el español ! Ahora vivo en Holanda 🙂
    I love to sew and follow some blogs on the subject but currently write about the country I live in Russian 🙂 The are photos too – if you’ll visit don’t be scare of the Cyrillic alphabet . I think i’ll write about some my projects in the nearest future and you are welcome to comment in Spanish ( and English of course) if you’ll want to say smth. I’m knitting a hat for my nephew now… But first there will be NY celebrations with Dutch traditional ” oil balls ”
    Wishing you good health and happiness in 2014!

    • Hi Felicianna,
      I am so glad you came over to check out my blog. I’ve been to Puerto Rico and it’s a beautiful place. The food is really good too. They are not quite as bad at driving as Yucatecans but pretty scary too.

      I can’t wait to hop over to your blog and see your photos of Holland. I love to see new places, whether in person or online. We’ll have to see what google translate does to the language, that is always interesting when the language is not English. I have been looking at some Russian blogs that have seed bead jewelry tutorials that are amazing. Luckily the bloggers usually post graphs too because the translations sometimes are bizarre at best.

      Have a great New Years! Now I need to look up “oil balls” to see what they are.


  2. Steve,
    That’s right! Inspiration is everywhere,you just must look.

  3. The evidence for possible life on Mars (at least long ago) continues to mount. So maybe several hundred years ago, there was a Martian savior, and they created a holiday to celebrate peace on Mars and goodwill to all alienkind.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we aren’t at the moment.

  4. Thus are writing ideas born.

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