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‘Twas the week before
Christmas and all through the land
School programs were going on as planned.
in windows, a brightly-lit tree,
A scene so
exciting the kids squealed with glee.
The girls wore
red dresses with bows in their hair.
The boys tried
to act as if they didn’t care.
pins made like jade Christmas trees.
The dads all
took pictures; “Okay, kids, say ‘cheese’.”
Each one of
the children was given a part.
lines ‘til they knew them by heart.
forgot hers and wished she were dead.
She pulled up
her skirt and then covered her head.
pregnant Mary appeared in distress.
a soccer ball inside her dress.
pushed her, the ball dropped from view,
Lord Jesus rolled under a pew.
And at the
piano, so rigid and tight,
Jon played his
own version of “Silent Night.”
His tummy was
nervous, tied up in a bunch,
And when it
was over, he lost his whole lunch.
two-year-old Jimmy, so young for his age,
around. (‘Twas his first time on stage.)
copper urn he mistook for a pot
And what he
did next; well, I think I forgot.
School choir all wore robes of pure white,
With big bows
of red; what an angelic sight.
No choir on
earth had a sound quite so dear
surreptitiously dabbed at a tear.
The pastor was
given a big Christmas check.
usually got only hugs ‘round her neck.
had bought so much candy and fruit
We needed a
truck just to lug home our loot.
And when it
was over, our teachers we’d hear:
this is held only one time each year.
Perhaps if we
rest, read our Bibles and pray,
recover before Christmas Day.”
Mariane Holbrook is a retired
teacher, an author
of two books, a musician and
artist. She maintains
website www.marianholbrook.com and
welcomes your Emails at
A CAT'S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
twelfth day of Christmas my human gave to me:
Nine wads of
Five milk jug
And a hamster
in a plastic
- 1 cup
molasses or heavy table syrup
- 2 cups
- 1 cup
- 3 T. cider
- 3 T.
butter for baking pan, and for your
Combine the first 4 ingredents
in a saucepan. Stir, while cooking over medium heat
until mixture the mixture comes to a boil. Lower heat,
and cook, stirring frequently, for about 30 minutes or
until thickened. Cooking is complete when a small amount
of the candy mixture, about 1/4 teaspoon, quickly
becomes brittle when dropped in a cup of cool water.
Remove from heat. Stir in the butter. Pour the mixture
into a buttered, shallow baking dish. Cool only long
enough so the candy can be handled without burning your
hands. When the mixture can be handled, with buttered
hands, stretch and pull until the candy is a light brown
color. Twist the pulled candy into a few rope like
pieces. Before the candy cools, use a heavy kitchen
shears to cut it into 1" to 1-1/2" long pieces. Cool
completely, then wrap individual pieces in waxed paper,
and twist on both
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