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 geofflepard.com. 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

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The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard | Advent 2018 Day 3

The Advent Calendar

By Geoff Le Pard

‘What is it, Mum?’ Emily Smith, fourteen, looked up from her book.

Gilly, her mother, said, ‘A parcel from Uncle Augustus.’

‘Who is Uncle Augustus?’

‘I don’t really know. Someone on your father’s side. Do you remember the man you said looked like Gandalf? At Ben’s funeral?’

Emily nodded. She had wanted to speak to him, but there hadn’t been a chance on that awful day.

Gilly went on, ‘He said he’d be in touch with a little something.’ She pulled open the letter attached to the parcel.

‘What’s he say, Mum?’

Dear Both. I’m so sorry to miss you this Christmas,but I’ve had this curio for a while, waiting for the right home. Perhaps Emily can find out its secrets.

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