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Christmas 2008

T’was the night before Christmas
And all through the land
Things were not going
As smooth as we planned
The stockings were hung
By the children with care
But parents were worried
Santa wouldn’t be there
For the Country was struggling
The economy in trouble
And we looked to place blame
On who burst the bubble
The banks were foreclosing
On people who’s homes
Were bought with mortgages
Too expensive to own
Company’s were failing
Closing their doors
Even the mall
Had a few empty stores
Little pink slips
Soon found their way
In the envelopes of folks
When they collected their pay

But do not despair
We’ve been through it before
Our country is strong
We’ll survive this once more
We have a new President
Who’s gifted and smart
Who’ll lead with compassion
For he has a good heart
And with any luck
As we tighten our belts
And look forward to spring
When all the snow melts
We'll be back on track
As we were before
And Santa will visit
The children once more
So I wish you my friends
As I’ve so often said
That God will bless you
In the New Year ahead

Copyright©2008 Beatrice Boyle

(All rights reserved)

Grandma Bea

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The following comments are for "Christmas 2008"
by Beatrice Boyle

A beautiful anecdotal flash, Beatrice, suffused with magical realism. I love the resilience in it, which radiates warmth, hope, and compassion. Thank for this!


( Posted by: Ariana [Member] On: December 12, 2008 )

Thanks Francisco!
Thanks for dropping in Francisco...Obama will surprise you yet!

Was going to use this as my Christmas card this year, but I guess it's a little downer for some...will have to come up with something better.

Love ya,

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: December 12, 2008 )

Eric & Pen.
As for Obama being Santa...Hardly! I think he himself will be in need of Santa to help him straighten out the mess he is inheriting!

As far as old folks scaring children Eric, from what I'be been reading in the newspapers here, it's the other way around! They don't scare me though...I love kids...and if they are brought up right, they are a joy to have around!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: December 12, 2008 )

That was wonderful!

Ochani Lele

( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: December 16, 2008 )

Thanks Stuart!
Somehow, Merry Christmas just doesn't seem to apply here this year, when so many people have lost their jobs recently, and others have lost their homes due to fires, floods and the devastating storms we've had this year!

But hope stprings eternal, and we have to believe that this too shall pass, and by this time next year, MERRY CHIRSTMAS will be just the right thing to say.

Happy Chanukah to you and yours.


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: December 16, 2008 )

My apologies Ariana!
I'm so sorry I didn't respond to this sooner! (Actually, I did...but evidently I didn't hit the submit button and the comment was lost.

Thank you for your lovely comment! Happy New year!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: December 28, 2008 )

Tiss the Week after Christmas
Tis the week after Christmas and I'm stony broke
I tell you this festivals no flippin joke.
The children are happy, they had everything
that their Daddy Christmas with his card could jopy bring.
Another full year of paying for their toys
surprising how Xmas is so full of joys
We kill thousand of turkeys to help celebrate
it's lovely to see all the meat on the plate.
Spirits abound, yes both whisky and gin
and all other bottle that we can get in.
Oh I nearly forgot, that to maintain good cheer
we also spent money on gallons of beer.
I hear there's recession, God what does that mean,
is our livelhood threatened, that would be obscene.
It may be that our Christmas may have to wait
to be paid with insurance as we pass through the gate!
I can see old Saint Nick at the heavenly door
saying I've now been promoted, t'was Peter before.
For the debt of a lifetime are now all in my name
so now Santa's list, is your list of shame.
So go down to Hell till you've paid for your crime
of enjoying Christmas, all of the time.
Christmas, I'm told, come but just once every year
so enjoy it my friends, raise a glass in good cheer.
Toast to the presents and food and good wine
as trust Brown and Obama, I'm sure they'll do fine!

( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: December 28, 2008 )

Slipping into Heaven!
Merry Christmas my friend
So glad you're here
To help us toast Christmas
With whiskey and beer
St. Peter was tired
So Santa stepped in
Toasting all of us mortals
With a beaker of gin
As for paying our debts
Bought with plastic not cash
(It's in short supply
Now that the stock market's crashed)
You only live once
In this valley of sin
And Christmas is when
We really give in
To showering our loved ones
With baubles and such
To remind them we really
Love them so much
So to hell with the cost
Of the debt that we've built
I'll not for a moment
Be riddled with guilt
I fully expect when I
Look under the tree
There will be oodles
Of presents waiting for me
And Jolly old Santa
(With his nose red from booze)
Will be too busy to notice me
He'll be taking a snooze
So I'll just slip into Heaven
My concience is clear
Merry Christmas to all


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: December 28, 2008 )

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