I have a naughty little elf of another sort visiting me today, while I round up the tiny felty ones who seem to have scattered around here…somewhere. Enjoy!
by Peyton Price
I’m pretty much shameless about Christmas. I put lights on all four sides of the house the day after Thanksgiving and set a timer to keep them on from 4:30 pm to 11:30 pm every night. I march my family back and forth across acres of trees to find the perfect 12-footer, then cover it with so many decorations you’d never even know it was a real tree. I send paper cards with real handwriting on the card and the envelope. I’m a regular Cindy Lou Who.
So, it might surprise you to hear there are some Christmas moments I’m not proud of. Ones I want to deny ever happened. The trouble is, there’s a witness to these events. A tiny witness who knows too much. He knows about me:
- Screaming at the kids to “Stay out of the @#$%^& Christmas cookies, for %^&* sake!”
- Fast forwarding through those two weird songs in the middle of White Christmas.
- Wrapping up a pair of vases because I broke the third one and don’t have time for this shizz.
- Hanging my husband’s favorite ornament on the back of the tree, at shin level.
- Doing what I did to that box of Godiva chocolates, aka seven minutes in heaven.
- Saying “WHOA” at photo card pubescents.
- Plucking a dog hair out of the cookie dough.
- Uttering all seven dirty words that year I bought the cheapo foil wrapping paper.
- Telling the postal worker there were no liquids in that package of maple syrup.
- Making everyone wait to open presents until my face is mattified.
Now that I see this naughty list, I realize I can’t take the risk he’ll rat me out to the big man. So I guess this means it’s Christmas curtains for you-know-who. Mum’s the word.
Peyton Price is the author of Suburban Haiku: Poetic Dispatches from Behind the Picket Fence. You can find her spreading good cheer (or in the closet weeping) and at suburbanhaiku.com.
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