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The Head Hunter Christmas

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The Head Hunter Christmas

We have a Christmas tradition in our family as you’re about to see, We’ve always hung a shrunken head in the boughs of our Christmas tree. His eyes and mouth have been stitched shut which makes him pretty scary, This is why he’s called the grouch even though to us he is quite merry. What was it that brought him to this spot at the center of our shrub? He’s not the normal décor you would say but our traditions we’ll never snub. Before my mother had met my father she went for a day at Disneyland, She decided to purchase a souvenir that was being sold at a stand. Mom told her roommate that she would buy whichever one that she said, Her roommate smiled an impish grin and pointed to the shrunken head. Mom adorned her front door with the head so when my dad first came to call, He knew he’d found a girl with a sense of humor to match his after all. When they’d wed the Grouch had earned a place in their Christmas season, The love of laughter that they shared was represented by this reason. So by the time that I was born the Grouch had always been hanging there, To take him from the Christmas tree would make the branches look too bare. I know that a shrunken head from Disneyland is not for everybody’s taste, But in our family the Grouch’s head can never be replaced. So sing your songs of Christmas joy and hold fast to your traditions, And try to hold fast to your head on your next holiday expedition.

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  1. Date: 11/28/2011 11:51:00 AM
    heheheheheheh i got good laugh i am definitely going to favorite you as a poet hahahahaha

  1. Date: 11/28/2011 7:56:00 AM
    ha! lol! great story and super ending. makes me want a head for my tree - such a cool tradition :O

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 11/28/2011 9:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Everyone should have a shrunken head for thier tree.
  1. Date: 11/27/2011 7:42:00 PM
    Our neighbours to the north in old new Guinea, did a bit of shrinking heads, But the missionarys sort of got rid of the practice, So the natives got religion hey. yes love the poem mate....

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 11/28/2011 9:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Dang missionaries, what's a little head shrinking between friends?
  1. Date: 11/27/2011 3:47:00 PM
    well, now I see where you got your nature from, Tony!! Cool light poetry as always!!

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 11/28/2011 9:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    We are a funny people.
  1. Date: 11/27/2011 2:52:00 PM
    Nice piece Tony, I know what you mean by the home made and treasured pieces that accumulate, each one tells a story. I thought of the movie Beetle Juice as I read this, when he got his head shrunk in the movie. Instead of Merry Christmas, I'll say Hello, head and shoulders, Hugs, Vie.

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 11/28/2011 9:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Mostly we are very traditional with our decorating except we have seven Christmas trees and the Grouch might show up on any one of them.
  1. Date: 11/27/2011 10:37:00 AM
    So that's where your sense of humor comes ! Love the story, Tony. Kim

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 11/27/2011 2:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh yes, being funny was very important in our family. If you could get mom and dad to laugh you were on to something.
  1. Date: 11/27/2011 6:40:00 AM
    Humor is a HUGE part of my family holidays or birthdays or just a Tuesday lol... Its what keeps us all grounded and happy.. I love your xmas Tony!! Michael

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 11/27/2011 2:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Nothing is better than laughing. Thanks for reading.
  1. Date: 11/27/2011 5:43:00 AM
    Cute poem, Tony! Like you said, not the expected Christmas decor, yet lovely in it's own way. :) Catie

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 11/27/2011 2:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Luckily I married a girl who saw the humor in it. We have our own shrunken head on our tree. So far neither of our kids do but...