Joanna’s Night Before Christmas

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In this season of giving here is my annual “Ode to Ho, Ho, Ho”

T’was the week before Christmas and all through my house

Not a space was left empty, with no room for the spouse

My table was piled high with gift wrap

My floors were a menace and creating a trap

The buying was done and I was too tired to care

All my presents were wrapped and ready to share.

Gifts bags were placed under the tree

As PawPaw and Snowy waited with glee

To pounce on the ribbons and bows with no fear

After all, they do it year after year.

The lights were all on — Oh “Con Ed” I sing

“Thanks for the watts, I can’t wait till spring”

My couch looked so comfy, so let me sit for a spell

I think I’ll play Candy Crush right here on my cell.

I rested my head but then heard such a noise

I jumped up so quick and said “Not again you naughty boys”

But there in my kitchen what did I see?

My dear hubby Bob preparing a hot cup of tea.

I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself

“What a cutie” I thought “What a Christmassy Elf”

With a wink of his eye he gave me the drink

As he put the spoons and dishes into the sink.

We sat and we sipped and looked at the tree

As cozy as two peas in a pod could be.

Our daughter Bri was snug in her bed

As visions of goodies danced in her head.

We nodded off to the sounds of the seasons

Carols were playing so soothing, so pleasing

I dozed for a while but then woke with a jerk

I thought to myself, “Who will do all this work?”

As I sprang to my feet and gave Bob a whistle,

He guessed the summons and flew like the down on a thistle,

“Oh well” I exclaimed as he sprinted out of sight,

Not for Nuthin™ but Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night

Follow me on Twitter @JDelBuono.

Joanna DelBuono writes about national issues every Wednesday on E-mail her at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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