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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Surprise

Early Christmas morning
I creeped down the stairs
happy to discover
Father Christmas had been there.

Hanging from the fire place,
peeking out of my stocking
was a little kitten
who started mewing.

She was soft and white
and began to purr
Just what I had wanted,
I love this bundle of fur.

     I was always a sucker for those pictures with the puppies and kittens hanging in the Christmas stockings.  As a kid, it was exactly what I wanted to wake up to on christmas morning.  As an adult, I know it isn't practical.  But, how did they get those kittens and puppies to stay in the stockings?  Do you have a pet?  Can you write a poem about what your pet is going to do for Christmas?


  1. Joy,
    I love the images here. Also, the use of 'Father Christmas' seems most appropriate. Kids beg parents for pets. Father Christmas sounds like a parent substitute more than other names you could have chosen. It seems very likely that Father Christmas might would have brought a pet.

  2. Linda,
    Thank you for the comment.
    I had the opportunity to spend Christmas in Oxford almost 20 years ago, when my boys were young. It was interesting to me how we both speak the same language, but our Christmas holidays are very different. Father Christmas brings the toys in England. I still have the letter my youngest wrote to Father Christmas that year with the list of toys he wanted. One was a "money box" for his pennies. He still uses the piggie bank he got.
    The other thing I needed to train myself to say was, "Happy Christmas." In the US we say "Merry Christmas" and you seldom see that phrase in England.