Margaret (pling) wrote,
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Christmas Starts Earlier Every Year

A rather bah-humbug Christmas poem (not particularly autobiographical despite the way it might read).

Christmas Starts Earlier Every Year

Christmas starts earlier every year
When I was a wee thing
        (and didn't know that others weren't always the same)
Then Christmas Eve was
- the start of the season
- day of the silver polishing
And the decorations filled the house
Suitable to the room
Suitable to the occasion

And all was done before Epiphany
        (except, of course, for the wise men)

Christmas starts earlier every year
When I was a student
        (and only there in term time anyway)
Then December was
- the start of the season
- month of parties
And the decorations were just for the moment
Suitable to the gathering
Suitable to the occasion

And all was done before the day itself
        (except, of course, for the family bit)

Christmas starts earlier every year
Now I am an adult
        (and mistress of my own household)
Now November is
- the start of the season
- time of gift pondering
And the decorations go up after we're done buying
Suitable to the flush of success
Suitable to the occasion

And all is done by the first Monday of the year
        (except, of course, for the letters of thanks)

Christmas starts earlier every year
When I am an old woman
        (and everything will've been better in my youth)
Then August will be
- the start of the season
- time of false cheer
And the decorations return like they never left
Suitable to the fashion
Suitable to the occasion

And all will be done by the middle of June
        (except, of course, for the last few mince pies)

Christmas starts earlier every year
When I am dead and gone
        (and I hope it is after I'm not on the scene)
Then no day will be
- the start of the season
- day of excitement
And the decorations will stay there forever
Suitable to the house
Suitable to the occasion

And never, ever will it be done
        (except, of course, for the old-fashioned ones)
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