Oh The Joy of Christmas

Saturday, 3 weeks before Christmas, is when it began.

It took hours to make the place spick and span.

I wanted a magical feel for the kids,

and the whole house needed a jolly good blitz.

Then came a trip to the cold and dark loft,

with a chilling dampness and an old musty waft.

I scrambled through boxes whilst balanced on one knee,

to find where I'd put all the dec's and the tree.

"Aha!", I cried when my vision was clear.

My tree-top Angel had suddenly appeared.

I then found the tinsel, the baubles and more,

and laid them all gently on the living room floor.

I spent hours making a wonderland dream,

fitting for an enchanted Ice Queen.

Then came the point I excitedly waited,

when my hard work would be appreciated.

As the kids neared the door I felt so proud,

'They'll love it', I thought 'They'll be so WOW'd'.

I heard the latch click and the door opened wide,

then two arguing kids came bounding inside,

rowing and shouting and screaming for food,

not even a glance at my hard work 'How rude!'.

They flung off their coats and dumped all their stuff,

while one was pushing, the other one shoved.

"Watch out", I cried, as they pushed things too far,

then down came the golden glittering star,

along with the tinsel and icicle lights,

while my wonderful kids continued to fight.

The cuddly penguins and stuffed polar bears,

were used as missiles and chucked up the stairs.

"Go to your rooms", is all I could master,

As I realised my efforts had been a disaster.

Later that evening when the kids were in bed,

I drowned my sorrows with a full bodied red.

I left all the mess, and the place looked a sight,

'Sod that', I thought, and to all a goodnight.



Tracy Windross
Nov 21 2021

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Now that’s got me into the Christmas spirit!

Tony Spencer
Dec 15 2021

This is ridiculously good - and reminded me so much in rhythm and pace of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas', but with a more contemporary twist that I absolutely loved. You should feel so proud of your writing; it's brilliant!

Rod Webb
Dec 14 2021

You nailed it Tracy - very Dr Seussy!
(And having just decorated our tree, I know exactly how you feel! ;)

Paul Sterlini
Dec 6 2021