‘Twas some weeks before Christmas and all through the town
Halloween decorations came tumbling down.
The very next day signature cups were here
As Starbucks abound brought red holiday cheer.
But I’m not ready; I protest you will see,
Thanksgiving was rushed— was passed by easily.
Christmas scenes at malls were quickly erected
Before the plump turkey was even selected.
Hold onto your bells and red Santa Claus suits;
With commercialists and marketers in cahoots!
Slow down premature spending for goodness sakes;
We hadn’t had time for giving our thanks.
Not to mention out here, all the way out west,
We needn’t a coat—only sweater or vest.
New Yorkers we know that it’s no big charade:
The real Santa shows by ending the parade.
Now that the cooking and the feasting’s been done
And our dear guests and family have all gone,
I relish this now, oh so sweet Monday morn
When I sit silent, not any bit forlorn.
I need just a day—fine maybe even two
To recover from this before something new.
It’s not just Christmas but New Year’s, too,
And thanks to my mom, I’m a little bit Jew.
To gather the gifts and an additional eight,
Which one on what day, when shall we celebrate?
Palm trees do twinkle with festive bright light
Faux evergreens are seen in windows at night.
It’s weirdly warm, supposedly normal—
Strapless can be worn to the Christmas formal.
Ready now, I embrace holiday season;
To delay any longer I have no good reason.
On browsing! On buying! On wrapping! On giving!
At toy stores and books stores, clothes stores and e-stores:
Shop away! Shop away! Shop away, all!
Sam, too, has arrived—our own elf on our shelf,
Each night he reports to the big man himself.
He keeps us in line, or he tries to at least.
But how does a tiny guy tame our two giant beasts?
Four weeks more until school is out once again.
That brings a fortnight of true solid mayhem!
The day that I rest, the day of pure glee,
Is way off on 1-7, 2-0-1-3.
My effort’s complete; here ends my festive rhyme.
Happy prepping to all, and to all a good time!