...and a Very Merry Christmas!

Writers' Pantry #51



Christmas is near,

and so full of cheer,

the kind that gives me courage (wink wink).

So hand me a beer,

I’ll toast the New Year,

and hold up your glass (clink clink).


The rellies are here,

and I’ll make it quite clear,

some are more favored than others.

They come far and near,

to yak in my ear,

all of the cousins and mothers.


My mum’s a cashier,

a perfect career,

for a woman who loves cold cash.

Her expression’s austere

as you enter her sphere,

(Say nothing about her mustache!)


We all persevere

with the odd atmosphere

when my father enters the room.

A famed gondolier,

who reads Edward Lear,

and is saving to buy him a tomb. 


Auntie Nora’s a dear,

although gaga I fear,

as she stares at herself in her spoon.

She wipes back a tear,

and asks “Did you hear?”

“I’m learning to play the bassoon!”


Her husband’s a peer

of middle range tier.

(To tell you the truth, he’s a bore.)

 He hunts after deer   

in the silliest gear

with his chocolate Labrador.


But, he looks so sincere

that none of us jeer

as he sets off on foot in the morning.

With a compass to steer

he’ll  never appear

until the foghorn sounds warning.


Now, before you dare sneer,

and judge us severe,

I remind you that these are my kin.

I sound cavalier,

but that’s all a veneer,

having them here makes me grin.

(Although, that might be the beer talking.)


©2020 Lisa Smith Nelson. All Rights Reserved


  1. What fun! I was transported into this madcap scene. While she was looking at her image in a spoon, I was combing my hair with a fork!

  2. I don't drink alcohol
    so let cider be my beer,
    for I, too, wanna cheer.

    You know, this reads like at least one holiday reunion I've attended in the past--so many stories... pouring out of beer.

    1. Beer doesn't seem like much of a holiday beverage to me, but it rhymed with "cheer!"

  3. Oh this is EPIC and oodles of Holiday fun .... thank you so much for making us smile. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

    1. Thank you, and you are more than welcome! Happy Holidays back at you!

  4. I enjoyed the rhyme so much :) I would toast the New Year too but perhaps on a different drink. Like a local wine called Reindeer as I'm allergic to beer.

    1. Reindeer! I like that, perfect for the season! I see it's from Santa Rosa. I'm from California, grew up in Lafayette and spent most of my adult life in Concord.

  5. What a joyously fun read. Thank you for sharing your family with us. Somehow they all seemed rather familiar!! Blessings on you and yours this holiday season.

    1. Fortunately, my poetic family! It would be fun to be attend a gathering like that, maybe once, or even annually though! My family isn't very big, and even if we could gather safely, it's just me and my son here in Southern Oregon.

  6. This was fun! I love the lilting rhyme. :)

    1. Thank you. I find when I read it now, I have to make sure to emphasize the syllables, or it doesn't really work. Like "choc - o - lot" "lab - a - ra - dor"!

  7. Gosh....now I know why you look forward to Christmas every year. Aunty Nora is my favourite. She is welcome any time to my place. Merry Christmas !

    1. I'd love to see an old lady like that playing with her bassoon! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  8. what fun, and i enjoyed this poem too, with its rollicking rhymes. 😄
    A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

    1. Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I had fun figuring out the rhymes. Fortunately, the "a" lines had lots of words (near, dear, fear, austere...) to work with.

  9. Many families have relatives to match yours, and when the party is over you can go back home saying "Thank goodness that's over!" A very amusing post.

    1. They sound more fun than my late in-laws were. Sometimes it's good not to live too close to some relatives!

  10. A fun piece! Happy New Year!


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