This is my annual holiday poem.
On 12/23 we filled bags with sand
And dropped in some candles we had on hand
As sunset approached we lit them all up
Dave made spiced cider—we all drank a cup
The flickering light put off a soft glow
A few caught on fire—which made quite a show
Old and new neighbors chatted together
Outside in the mild, warm Berkeley weather
On Christmas Eve, we ate vegan cheese
And Dave turned all of our napkins to trees!
We drank Ritz cocktails and had some mulled wine
And then the five of us sat down to dine
We ate spinach salad, we ate mushroom crepes,
We drank champagne made from fermented grapes
Almond asparagus, carrots, and rolls
Food for our stomachs and wine for our souls
Julie brought dough, which we were all lovin’
We got to eat cookies straight out of the oven
Then Rachel arrived, and we’re so glad she came
We played Loaded Questions, our favorite game
Amanda stopped by while we sang ancient songs
But she’s not a singer and did not stay long
The kitchen was messy, but we went to bed
While visions of dishwashers danced in our heads
On Christmas morn we had waffles and fruit
Then opened our stockings to see all our loot
Santa had left lots of chocolate and liquors,
Artisan paper and all kinds of stickers
Then we moved on to the gifts ‘neath the tree
Where a black leather backpack was waiting for me
Dave got some books and some bicycle gear
Kylie now has enough socks for a year
Cartwheel got a toy, and Rufus got bones
And everyone got mini-chargers for phones
We were too hungry to wait for our suppers
So we ate some Chinese food as picker-uppers
Then we all went for a walk with Rufus at P.I.
The air was warm and there was not a cloud up in the sky.
Dave began sautéing leeks to make his famed soufflé
To take to dinner in Marin at Chez CCGK
That’s Caroline, and Christopher, and little Ginger pup
And Kai is there, though just part-time because he’s growing up
Everyone is happy, and look—Aida’s here!
And it’s good to see Carina whom we hold so dear.
Asparagus and Yorkshire pudding—mmm, I couldn’t wait!
The homemade eggnog, leek soufflé, and roasted lamb were great.
Candy, cookies, and ice cream made our tummies merry
And Christmas ended with a rousing round of Pictionary