Twas the Mess Before Christmas

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Twas the mess before Christmas, and all through the house

not a thing was in order, not children, not spouse.


The stockings were thrown under beds and on chairs

in hopes that dear Mama would soon find them there.


The children all wrestled to find their warm beds

while remains of cracker crumbs danced on their spreads.


The closets were piled high with presents and more,

and when the door opened, they’d fall to the floor.


Over and over my spouse seemed to mutter:

“What in the world will we do with this clutter?”


On Comet, on Ajax, on Hoover, Dust Buster,

on soap and hot water; this place lacks some luster.


The sewing machine was constantly whirring

at night when nobody else was stirring.


I was making some crafts for my sweet little dears,

cursing Martha Stewart amidst all my tears.


When suddenly out in the hall, pitter, patter;

I ran to the door to see what was the matter.


There stood a toddler, so lively and quick,

and I knew right away that he couldn’t be sick.


He was toting the potty chair; what a relief!

And ten yards of Charmin; well, oh, good grief!


I put him to bed, and I pulled up the cover;

I gave a big kiss from a very tired mother.


I spoke not a word, but went straight to my mess;

I finished the presents and cleaned—more or less.


I filled all the stockings and loaded the tree;

I shuffled my feet down the hall sleepily.


And these were my words as I switched off the light:

“Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

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 ********(This was written before my empty nest.)

About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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35 Responses to Twas the Mess Before Christmas

  1. nutsfortreasure says:

    How beautiful

    I have a little something over here for you 🙂

  2. Dounia says:

    I love this! 🙂 And I’m sure my mom would love and appreciate it too!

  3. tootlepedal says:

    A woman’s work is never done.

  4. pattisj says:

    It’s nice to take a light-hearted look at this busy time of year. Thanks for the smiles. That is such a pretty flower-basket-applique quilted piece in the top photo.

  5. dorannrule says:

    This is hilarious and it should be submitted to a magazine!!!! 🙂

  6. Ray's Mom says:

    Wonderful reminder of when my children were younger. what a treat for them that you can sew gifts for them…God bless you and your family

  7. Meanderer says:

    That’s just lovely!

  8. Dianna says:

    Wonderful! I’m sure there are many of us who can completely identify! Well done.

  9. Tina Schell says:

    Wonderful poem, nice job!

  10. There have been so many tries at reworking tho classic, but I truly think you have modernized it, given it the updated meaning, and stayed in character of the poem. Terrific job!

    Thanks for visiting and liking my blog. It was a great opportunity to meet yours and get enchanted by it!

  11. Lindy Lee says:

    What a charming parody; thank you…

  12. Baydreamer says:

    This is so cute! Love it, and Merry Christmas!

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