Monday, December 24, 2012

Our Twelve Days

A couple years back, I started ripping off classic Christmas songs and poetry. I don't know why. It just happened. But in the midst of manic Christmas cleaning this year, I found an opportunity I couldn't pass up. So ... Merry Christmas, folks, and happy 2013!

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A Crazy Family Christmas
 
A few weeks before Christmas the fun really got started
With one highly detailed gingerbread house.

A little after turkey day the search begins
Two hours tree hunting
And one enormous gingerbread house.

It's only a few weeks and we have to do some planning
Three Skype phone calls
Two hours tree hunting
And one Hansel & Gretel gingerbread house

Mom starts begging for help, and next thing she knows
Four Christmas lists
Three Skype phone calls
Two hours tree hunting
And one not edible gingerbread house.

We're all tired of cooking so we dig out the premade
Five chicken wings
... Four Christmas lists
Three Skype phone calls
Two hours tree hunting
And one Victorian gingerbread house.

The days are getting shorter and we're all stressing out
Six bottles of wine
Five chicken wings
Four Christmas lists
Three Skype phone calls
Two hours tree hunting
And one huge gingerbread house.

A long-distance phone call and suddenly there are
Seven visiting relatives
Six bottles of wine
Five chicken wings
Four Christmas lists
Three Skype phone calls
Two hours tree hunting
And one cathedral-copied gingerbread house.

The weekdays we're at work but on Saturday we're making
Eight kinds of candy
Seven visiting relatives
Six bottles of wine
Five chicken wings
Four Christmas lists
Three Skype phone calls
Two hours tree hunting
And one "our house to scale" gingerbread house.

Comes time to entertain and from the basement comes
Nine bottles of homebrew
Eight kinds of candy
Seven visiting relatives
Six bottles of wine
Five chicken wings
Four Christmas lists
Three Skype phone calls
Two hours tree hunting
And one rather large gingerbread house.

Among the voices in the house you can clearly hear
Ten Christmas albums
Nine bottles of homebrew
Eight kinds of candy
Seven visiting relatives
Six bottles of wine
Five chicken wings
Four Christmas lists
Three Skype phone calls
Two hours tree hunting
And one drying out gingerbread house.

We're hoping there are no missed flights, and so it is we have
Eleven weather reports
Ten Christmas albums
Nine bottles of homebrew
Eight kinds of candy
Seven visiting relatives
Six bottles of wine
Five chicken wings
Four Christmas lists
Three Skype phone calls
Two hours tree hunting
And fence to fix on the gingerbread house.

Merry Christmas to all -- we'll be here enjoying
Twelve crescent rolls
Eleven weather reports
Ten Christmas albums
Nine bottles of homebrew
Eight kinds of candy
Seven visiting relatives
Six bottles of wine
Five chicken wings
Four Christmas lists
Three Skype phone calls
Two hours tree hunting
Just wait till next year's gingerbread house!

1 comment:

Amanda said...

I LOVE your gingerbread houses. How awesome!