Twas the day before Christmas and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not daughter, not spouse.
No presents were wrapped, neigh not even bought,
Again I was stranded without a gift — I was caught.
In two shakes of a reindeers’ red nose and white tail,
I ran to the shops to get that last sale.
I whipped out my plastic and purchased a ton,
I thought “Late night shopping oh what good fun!”
I ran through the aisles, first this way then that,
Buying gifts for daughter Bri, hubby Bob and even the cats.
I made it home in an instant quicker than old St. Nick,
Sitting down at the table with paper to pick.
I wrapped and I wrapped, with bow, ribbon and tape,
My fingers were flying even though it was late.
I finally finished with seconds to spare,
Hoping the house wouldn’t wake with a scare.
I crawled into bed and let my eyes close,
And waited for morning to the happy ho, ho, ho’s.
I promised my self never again, no it’s not right,
Not for Nuthin’, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.”Joanna DelBuono's column appears every Wednesday on BrooklynDaily.com. She can be reached at jdelbuono@