Christmas 2018 (after Betjamen) by Geoff Le Pard | Advent 2018 – Day 16 – 3rd Sunday

Christmas 2018 (after Betjamen)

The bells of waiting Advent ring
And still I sit and stare
They say it’s calling to the King
But do I really care?
Maybe once there was a point
To all this mumbo jumbo
Now it’s mammon we anoint,
Like some plastic bearing Dumbo
At school we’d spend the hours and days
Rehearsing the nativity
These days it really doesn’t pay
To expose our base naïveté. 
Santa has been Disneyfied
And the only snow is fake
And charity ends up vilified
Since we must be on the make.
So what’s the point of Christmas time
We have to ask ourselves
Surely it’s more than a cheesy rhyme
Sung by some plastic elves?
It’s time we took back full control
Of all to do with Xmas
We need to hold a people’s poll
And get out the vote for Brexmas 

by Geoff Le Pard

Geoff Le Pard started writing to entertain in 2006. He hasn’t left his keyboard since. When he’s not churning out novels he writes some maudlin self-indulgent poetry, short fiction and blogs at He walks the dog for mutual inspiration and most of his best ideas come out of these strolls. He also cooks with passion if not precision.

This is his second contribution in this year’s calendar, the other is The Advent Calendar. And in the past I had the pleasure to have him as a guest during the other editions:  The Advent Calendar (2015)It will be Lonely this Christmas, The Fourth PlinthChristmas Fun, circa 1968; an argument and having a gas

Merry Christmas to You by Tara Paray – Day 15 Advent 2017

Merry Christmas to You by Tara Paray

 Day 15 Advent 2017


Merry Christmas to You
by Tara Paray

If it seems rushed and hectic,
If you have to do this or that and you’re not having fun,
If you have to spend a certain amount of money or risk looking bad/cheap/Scrooge-like,
You’re doing it all wrong.

Take time to slow down, and really enjoy all the season has to offer – colorful lights, delicious treats, the company of others, the hope of peace.
The only list that’s made (or should be) this time of year is Santa’s.
And the best gifts are free.

Like a wish to you from me… and Nat King Cole.

Merry Christmas… to you.



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