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A Christmas Eve Visitor

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A Christmas Eve Visitor

On Christmas Eve I fell asleep on the couch
Before going up to my bed
In front of the fire place I snored
Without going up the stairs instead

Late at night I heard a noise
And thought it must be a thief
I sat up quickly and yelled, “Who’s there?”
But it didn’t startle him in the least

A jolly old man, decked out in red
With a beard as white as the snow
Simply turned to me and shook his head
Saying, “If you like, well, I could just go.”

I stared at him in disbelief
Having given up on that fantasy
I pinched myself thinking it must be a dream
He said, “Joe, it really is me”

“Every year adults overlook
That one gift that neither of them bought
Assuming that it must be from the other one
And, therefore I never get caught”

“Just because you’re told, when you grow up
That I am an imaginary story
Doesn’t mean that I don’t really exist
In the heart of every girl and every boy”

“Now you just lay down and go back to sleep
So I don’t leave you a lump of coal
Enjoy Christmas morning with your wife and son
And keep it a secret what you were just told”

Spencer woke me up at the break of dawn
Excited that Santa Claus had come
I recognized the handwriting on every gift
Except for the final one

My wife looked at me with a knowing smile
Thinking this must be a special gift just from me
But I was the wiser one of us now
Knowing who put it under the tree

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  1. Date: 12/14/2011 3:30:00 PM
    what a sweet poem for the holidays..Merry Christmas to you! love,Deb

  1. Date: 12/14/2011 12:43:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading your poem, Joe. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas! Kim

  1. Date: 12/14/2011 11:57:00 AM
    Happy Ho Ho Ho to you!

  1. Date: 12/14/2011 11:56:00 AM
    Now you believe just like Harry Connick, Jr. Good descriptiveness and rhyming here in this very impressive offering.

  1. Date: 12/14/2011 11:51:00 AM
    cute poem, Joe. Loved it! Happy Holidays! Catie :)