Sunday, December 23, 2012

'Twas the Day Before Christmas

‘Twas the day before Christmas and I checked my list,
I wanted to make certain there was nothing I’d missed.
Monday evening will be Church then a Swedish smorgasbord.
My family is here and I need to feed the hungry hoard.
I have cheese and crackers for starters, and a baked Brie.
We’ll munch and we’ll talk as we gather ‘round the tree.
There will be herring, two ways, and some fresh shrimp, too,
(Well, as fresh as the markets in Colorado can do.)
I’ll make deviled eggs, Mr. Dreamy says, “Delish”
But I have to admit I don’t particularly care for that dish.
Then we’ll move on to cold meats and a selection of breads
With mayonnaise and mustard and lingonberry spread.
Next come the warm foods, spread out on the buffet
Swedish meatballs, potatoes, and a sausage-onion bake.
Finally we’ll enjoy cookies, apple pie and some treats,
With coffee, and egg nog, and sweet after-dinner drinks.
We’ll open our gifts, one by one so we can see
What everyone’s given to each other, and what's under the tree. 
I hope that each kid gets all that he wishes
I’ll try to ignore the mess and the stacks of dirty dishes.
They’ll have to wait. They won’t go away. 
It’ll be time for bed, as it’s almost Christmas Day.
The stockings are hung on their new stocking hooks
I’ll fill them later when no one can look. 
I think that I’m ready. I think it’s just right.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all happy sights!

Photo by Number One Son
Nikon D90 - Nikkor 50mm f1.4G - Adobe Lightroom 4.2 - 

DxO Optics Pro 8 - Adobe Photoshop CS6
Tucker, I don't care what you say,
just because the hats have points on them
it doesn't mean we are supposed to 
wear them on our noses!


  1. If I recall, your mom began the tradition of Swedish foods on Christmas eve. Just thinking about all the cooking you must do makes me tired. And, there is no way I would try to be the poet you have shown yourself to be. Enjoy the season with the main men in your life and your new daughter-in-law!


  2. So cute! I wish you the very best day! I hope you can walk after all that food!!
    Silly Tucker. . .

  3. Very well said.

    Merry Christmas.

  4. Sounds like a great spread at your place! Enjoy! Merry Christmas! :)

  5. OMG, that picture is the best I have seen!! Thanks for the great smile and laugh!! Merry Christmas!!

  6. Awesome, I tried the Santa hats on the dogs. They got wised up at Halloween and shook em off before I could get a pic though! Brats!

  7. And you have time to write poetry too! You are amazing!


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