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A Wrapper's Night Before Christmas

(a rhyme revision in stanza 9 in case the sponsor already read this.) 'Twas the night before Christmas. My shopping was done. But gifts needed wrapping, and THAT’S never fun! Huge piles of gifts lay strewn everywhere. They lay on the counter, the sofa and chair. I needed to organize every huge pile. I thought it would take me but a short while. Instead it was taking an hour or more arranging the piles in groups on the floor. One pile for one grandkid, one pile for another. Two granddaughters down. Now the gifts for their brother. One pile for my daughter, and one for her spouse. He hates things I buy him. I mutter, “That louse.” My son-in-law’s finicky and rarely pleased. I think only money could make him appeased. He’s vegan, so always I buy fruits and nuts. I laugh to imagine him getting cold cuts. I’m sure if he saw meats or cheese, he would scowl. And if he saw candies, he might even growl. Raw almonds, pistachios; what else for him? Oh, my, finding gifts for that man is so grim. My daughter is easy. She’s so much like me, I choose for her things I like that I see at Walmart or Target since big bucks I lack. Receipts I must save lest their gifts they take back. At last there’s my husband, whose gifts are the same as I give every Christmas, but I’m not to blame. That Grinch couldn’t care less. What can I say? He’s not even eager to see Christmas Day. T-shirts I give him with some funny tip like “Be naughty please. Save Santa a trip.” He loves bubble bath, so I buy lots of those, cookies and underwear down to his toes. Six to eight gifts I wrapped for each grandchild, hoping at least one would make the kids wild. Gift cards for movies I gave to them all, but NOT cards for movies that play at the mall. I made the mistake last Christmas of buying the wrong movie gift cards. My daughter was sighing, “Mom, please remember. It’s not Cinemark with Five Dollar Tuesdays,” she said, being a snark. It seemed I’d been wrapping the presents all night. I looked at the clock and had a big fright. By the time that I finished, it was 3 a.m. I did less in hours than Santa Claus can! My arms were so tired from all of the wrapping. My back hurt like hell. My legs I was slapping to get out the cramps that were starting to come. Postponing gift wrapping is so very dumb. Well, this year is different. The kids nowadays - they want only money. A new day I praise. Some gift cards, large bills, a few stocking stuffers. A good Christmas Eve sleep, and nobody suffers. (slight exaggeration of a Christmas night from a few years ago. Now I mainly do gift cards!) Nov. 29, 2022 For Joseph May's The Night Before 3 Poetry Contest

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Date: 12/26/2022 8:48:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. Gift cards/cash are a great gift. Have a blessed day...............
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Date: 12/26/2022 2:10:00 AM
I immensely enjoyed reading your interesting story poem from start to end my dear my dear friend Andrea! Excellent write indeed! Congratulations on your win! Thanks a lot for sharing! Blessings! hugs
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Date: 12/25/2022 10:14:00 PM
Hi Andrea, hope you managed everything well and are enjoying with your family. Congratulations on your well deserved win. Have a Merry Christmas !
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Date: 12/24/2022 9:45:00 PM
Wow! Congrats! Thanks so much for sharing this, and for the chuckle that goes with it. Also, thanks for my placement in your recently judged contest. God bless you. A very joyous Christmas to your and your family.
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Date: 12/24/2022 6:01:00 AM
So much wrapping when cash will do, I think a gift is a more personal touch though, Congrats on your win Andrea, Very nicely penned, Merry Christmas!
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Date: 12/23/2022 7:35:00 PM
Congratulations on your win. That is a lot of gifts and thought to them. Many blessings and I wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year
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Date: 12/23/2022 8:06:00 AM
My eyes have missed this great work, unfortunately. Anyways, I have read it now. Congratulations!
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Date: 12/23/2022 8:03:00 AM
Loved your poem Andrea. Yes it brought back vivid memories of years gone by.
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Date: 12/11/2022 1:15:00 AM
You are a great storyteller. This is a fun lyrical delight. Belated congrats on potd. I have been away for months.
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Date: 12/4/2022 10:51:00 AM
Hey I noted the use of the word louse In descriptive reference, I do hope he's Not German or Austrian or any relative of klaus..The infernal, the extiguished one.' I don't know how to address the thing now There is a blobbieness to that sick being. Maybe blobbo in the frying pan.' That could be the best handle.!
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Date: 12/2/2022 6:47:00 AM
some chores aren't as satisfyingly fulfilling. Way to go, going all out for your family, even the louse....nicely written. Andrea I like reading your poem they express well our common humanity. keep on sharing.
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Date: 12/2/2022 6:33:00 AM
Too funny! I could see a pause after this line and a mm..hm…that louse: He hates things I buy him. I mutter, “That louse.” A worthy POTD!
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Date: 12/2/2022 3:33:00 AM
Andrea, back to congratulate you on a belated POTD!
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Date: 12/2/2022 12:28:00 AM
An amazing poem Andrea! Congratulations…..Debx
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Date: 12/1/2022 10:02:00 PM
A good poem. Yes, it can be busy at Christmas. Days always go so quick. It is lovely to spend time with family and friends. Congratulations on your POTD.
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Date: 12/1/2022 8:23:00 PM
Congratulations on POTD. Many blessings to you my friend
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Date: 12/1/2022 6:39:00 PM
"Some gift cards, a few stocking stuffers, and nobody suffers." Sounds like a plan to me. (Soft giggle). I think wrapping can get out of hand, especially if you have so many to wrap. I've learned from my mother, to wrap in-between moments and then hide the gifts. Your thoughts bring a smile, Andrea. Congratulations on Poem of the Day. I can just see you there, wrapping away. :) Hugs, Brandy
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Date: 12/1/2022 2:18:00 PM
Grrrowl, this is such a fun gift you shared, "pun" Lol one I can relate to! Congratulations on Your POTD, Andrea!!! Hugs & Xx's
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Date: 12/1/2022 12:36:00 PM
Your poems are always so generous, Andrea1 This one especially. It brought memories of the very same conundrum and the same eventual accommodation. Elizabeth
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Date: 12/1/2022 11:32:00 AM
I can't remember the last gift I wrapped. This is a very fun read, Andrea...and I especially like the tee shirt "tip". BOL in the contest, and congrats on POTD.
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Date: 12/1/2022 11:08:00 AM
Smashing write, Andrea. Have to say the ‘cramp’ reference brought back unpleasant memories… nowadays, I wrap at the table. Congratulations on POTD. Terry
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Date: 12/1/2022 11:01:00 AM
Andrea , So much fun reading this and envisioning you in the midst of it all !! Congratulations on POTD! Miss you . Sending big hugs and all good holiday wishes . Love, Susan :) xx
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Date: 12/1/2022 10:47:00 AM
Congratulations, Andrea. It's fabulous - written with all delightful details - all family-members and their choices are portrayed with love! Hugs ~ Mala
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Date: 12/1/2022 9:22:00 AM
POTD for Christmas Eve wrappers...been there...so well described...characters drawn from everybody's life, AD. Congrats. ~;o)
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Date: 12/1/2022 8:52:00 AM
Back to say "Heartiest Congratulations" on your P.O.T.D., Andrea. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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