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Our Christmas Eve Dinner

'Twas our Christmas Eve dinner; we all had sat down at the table to eat. Grandma couldn’t be found! We children were fussing; Dad rose to his feet. shouting, “Where are you, Ma? We’re ready to eat!” When from the next room we heard such a noise Jenny squealed, “Santa Claus must have brought toys!” We then heard a sound like a whimpering pup saying, “Help. I’ve fallen and cannot get up.” Grandpa jumped up and then rushed to the door that led to the bathroom. There on the floor lay our poor grandma, eyes widened in fear, looking like she’d got run over by reindeer! The dresser had fallen. It had her pinned down. Grandma was wildly flailing around. More swiftly than Rudolph, we did all we were able. We unpinned her. Then Mom yelled, “Back to the table!” Back to the dining room all we kids came As our mom started to call us by name. “Davy, Mel, Jenny, Angie, Marie. . . Get back here now. I’m counting to three!” Like animals not having eaten all day, stuck in a cage without getting their way, we sat at that table our bellies all growling, and Davy, the baby, by now was howling. And then finally what did appear? Dad with our grandpa and grandma so dear! Supported by both our grandpa and dad, Grandma was flushed and looking quite bad. She was dressed in a housecoat trimmed in white lace and a big purple bruise had now formed on her face. Mom pulled out a chair helping Grandma to sit, and then our dad bellowed, “OK, have at it!” Our mouths how they watered to see the large ham. “And that isn’t all,” said Mom, “I made lamb!” Her small pretty mouth was turned up in a grin, “The food’s getting cold now. Children, dig in.” Our dad how he laughed as he poured lots of gravy onto his potatoes and kidded with Davy. And Grandma sat smiling despite her great fall while Grandpa gulped spiked nog, not talking at all. With eyes that seemed bigger than my own belly, I dished out big spoonfuls of cranberry jelly. Mom winked and I knew I had nothing to dread. Her pleasure was in us all being well fed. I went straight to work at stuffing my face when suddenly Mom said, “We didn’t say grace!” We closed our eyes listening to our dad’s prayer. I peeked but was met by my mom’s warning stare! Dad finished the prayer with a hearty Amen. Then we were all grabbing Mom’s fixings again. When the food had all vanished and our stomachs hurt, we heard Dad exclaim, “So what’s for dessert?” For the Children's Christmas or Holiday Tale - Poetry Contest of Carol Eastman

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  1. Date: 12/7/2014 3:56:00 PM
    I really enjoyed your Christmas story, poor Grandma, I hope she mended nicely, congrats on your 1st place win Andrea xxx

  1. Date: 12/7/2014 10:58:00 AM
    Wow Andrea a tremendous beautiful write my friend! Big congrats!

  1. Date: 12/7/2014 12:24:00 AM
    Congratulations Andie: This is such a fun poem. Full of humor and familiar images, Love; SuZ

  1. Date: 12/6/2014 11:42:00 AM
    LOVED that ending. Congratulations on the win.

  1. Date: 12/6/2014 10:25:00 AM
    Nice lengthy one from you, Andrea. You wrote in the same meter and style as "A Visit from Saint Nicholas", I see. Well done. Congratulations!

  1. Date: 12/6/2014 7:44:00 AM
    This is so hilarious Andrea. We were five kids and it sounded like our table at times right down to peaking while praying and moms warning stare. I absolutely love this and have to keep it. 7+ fav. Congratulations on your well deserved top spot.

  1. Date: 12/6/2014 7:35:00 AM
    Quite the adventure! Congrats.

  1. Date: 12/6/2014 7:01:00 AM
    I liked this delicious dinner poem, andrea, congrats

  1. Date: 12/6/2014 6:00:00 AM
    Super Story, a satiety; congrats on the win Andrea...huggs

  1. Date: 12/6/2014 1:30:00 AM
    Awesome poem. I just loved it. Thanks and God bless you. Love and prayers, Gina

  1. Date: 12/5/2014 9:08:00 PM
    I loved the part where the kids peek during prayer & Gram catches them! LOL Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/5/2014 7:56:00 PM
    lovely rumbustious story of what Christmas dinner should be great pen Andrea congrats on win hugs

  1. Date: 12/5/2014 6:31:00 PM
    Andrea, wonderful story,you've made my tummy hurt with all that food. 7 and congratulations on a great win. Blessings and oxox eve

  1. Date: 12/5/2014 5:32:00 PM
    Very humorous write Andrea...Congrats on a great win

  1. Date: 12/5/2014 4:49:00 PM
    Congratulations of your #1 poem much deserved.

  1. Date: 12/5/2014 4:38:00 PM
    Great job, Andrea. I loved it. Congratulations

  1. Date: 12/5/2014 4:29:00 PM
    Congratulations Andrea on your first place win. A Fav!

  1. Date: 12/5/2014 3:42:00 PM
    Andrea, I really enjoyed your Christmas Eve dinner tale! You did a great job, and congratulations on your nice win! Sandra

  1. Date: 12/5/2014 3:28:00 PM
    such a wonderfully descriptive write - many congrats Andrea:-) Hugs Jan

  1. Date: 12/25/2012 8:10:00 PM
    Love your X'mas story Andrea, It is a treasure just like you are! Congrats on your win! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!