Friday 24 December 2021

One final pre-Christmas post….

My last post was going to be my last one before Christmas, but I wanted to share this poem I received today. 

Twas the night before Christmas, but Covid was here,
So we all had to stay extra cautious this year.
Our masks were all hung by the chimney with care 
In case Santa forgot his and needed a spare.
With Covid, we couldn't leave cookies or cake
So we left Santa hand sanitizer to take.

The children were sleeping, the brave little tots
The ones over 5 had just had their first shots,
And mom in her kerchief and me in my cap 
Had just settled in for a long winter's nap.
But we tossed and we turned all night in our beds
As visions of variants danced in our heads.

Gamma and Delta and now Omicron
These Covid mutations that go on and on
I thought to myself, "If this doesn't get better,
I'll soon be familiar with every Greek letter".

Then just as I started to drift off and doze
A clatter of noise from the front lawn arose.
I leapt from my bed and ran straight down the stair
I opened the door, and an old gent stood there.

His N95 mask made him look pretty weird 
But I knew who he was by his red suit and beard.
I kept six feet away but blurted out quick
"What are you doing here, jolly Saint Nick?"

Then I said, "Where's your presents, your reindeer and sleigh ?
Don't you know that tomorrow will be Christmas Day? ".
And Santa stood there looking sad in the snow
As he started to tell me a long tale of woe.

He said he'd been stuck at the North Pole alone
All his white collar elves had been working from home,
And most of the others said "Santa, don't hire us!
We can live off the Furlough now, thanks to the virus".

Those left in the toyshop had little to do.
With supply chain disruptions, they could make nothing new.
And as for the reindeer, they'd all gone away.
None of them left to pull on his sleigh. 

He said Dasher and Dancer were in quarantine,
Prancer and Vixen refused the vaccine,
Comet and Cupid were in ICU,
So were Donner and Blitzen, they may not pull through.

And Rudolph's career can't be resurrected.
With his shiny red nose, they all think he's infected.
Even with his old sleigh, Santa couldn't go far.
Every border to cross needs a new PCR.

Santa sighed as he told me how nice it would be
If children could once again sit on his knee.
He couldn't care less if they're naughty or nice
But they'd have to show proof that they'd had their shot twice.

But then the old twinkle returned to his eyes.
And he said that he'd brought me a Christmas surprise.
When I unwrapped the box and opened it wide,
Starlight and rainbows streamed out from inside.

Some letters whirled round and flew up to the sky
And they spelled out a word that was 40 feet high.
There first was an H, then an O, then a P, 
Then I saw it spelled HOPE when it added the E.

"Christmas magic" said Santa as he smiled through his beard.
Then suddenly all of the reindeer appeared.
He jumped into his sleigh and he waved me good-bye, 
Then he soared o'er the rooftops and into the sky.

I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight
"Get your vaccines my friends, Merry Christmas, good-night".
Then I went back to bed and a sweet Christmas dream
Of a world when we'd finished with Covid 19. πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ…

   Author ~ Unknown


  1. Ha, that's fab Chris - so clever! Love it! Been so nice getting to know you and looking at all your cards this year. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a much better New Year!!

    Best wishes,

  2. I love this poem Liz, thank you for sharing. I got my 15year old granddaughter to read it out before we sat down for our Christmas lunch. Everyone thought it was great

  3. Brilliant!! Have a lovely Christmas celebration

  4. Great one! Who is the author? Have a great boxing day!

    1. I wish I knew who the author is, as it’s very clever. It’s a poem that being shared on WhatsApp. If anyone knows who the author is, please let me know. xx

  5. Wow, what a talented person and a great way to send the message! Thank you for sharing, Liz. I tried to work in a verse about Covid in my old poem, but it wasn't flowing and I was pretty sure some clever person would write one. I'm glad I saw it and will pass it on. Happy New Year, my friend! Hugs, Darnell

  6. Very impressive, fun and clever thinking to write this Liz, it's a wonderful piece of work. So happy you shared it.
    Faith x

  7. That's very clever and thanks for sharing it Liz. I hope you have been having a lovely Christmas. x

  8. Great poem! Thank you for sharing it!

  9. I so enjoyed reading this Liz and thank you so much for sharing x.


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