These little critters greeted me on a Christmas tree at a senior living facility my choir sang at. It was the one member’s mom’s holiday party, and we were the entertainment. When I joined the choir, I thought it would be fun, but when I found out they perform for seniors as part of their mission, I knew I was with the right group of people.
We sang for about an hour — holiday songs and classics by the Everly Brothers and The Turtles. Their smiling faces and loud voices when singing along made this holiday season extra special.
Tara Paray, a four-time Advent Calendar blog participant, is a chocolate lover living in Pennsylvania, USA. She’s a writer who loves to laugh and make other people smile. Visit her at https://daisysmileyface.com.
This is her second post in this year’s edition, Chocolate Countdown, Find her other advent calendar posts here: A Christmas Kodak Moment, The Gift of Now, Making My Christmas List, Merry Christmas to You
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 Plinth, Christmas Fun, circa 1968; an argument and having a gas