‘Twas the day before Christmas …

Christmas scene featuring red robins, santa and his reindeer.

‘Twas the day before Christmas and out in the street

Not a neighbor was stirring, they must all be beat.

The goody bags were packed with the utmost of care

In the hope the Park critters soon would be there.

The squirrels were nestled all snug in their nests

With visions of peanuts that soon they’d  be blessed.

And I, in my many layers and a warm woolen cap

Had just arrived at the Park for a long Winter lap.

As I set out on the path, I heard some songbird chatter

Then in an instant, all the Park critters around me did gather.

Because what to my wondering eyes should appear …

But a Park filled with critters dressed in holiday cheer.

I dragged out my camera and all their goodies in a flash

Because it appeared they were having a Christmastime bash.

As my Park pals joined me on the path in the new-fallen snow

I stifled a giggle, but exclaimed “Merry Christmas and ho, ho, ho!”

Look at the squirrel with a fluffy beard and cap like Kris Kringle

And when he ran over for peanuts, I know I heard a bell jingle.

squirrel who looks like santa with beard

I tossed peanuts to a squirrel with sparkly antlers and red mittens

And he caught each one in his paws – what a cute little dickens.

squirrel with mitts and antlers

A pair of Canada geese, sporting Santa caps, looked so dapper

They made goo-goo eyes at each other while I roared with laughter.

pair of ducks with santa capse

A goose in the water asked “did you forget to invite me to this party?”

And for once, no wing-flapping or hissing – all the geese were so jolly.

goose with cap

The mallards were mingling at the cement landing among themselves

Their caps backward or sticking straight up, as mischievous as Santa’s elves.

duck with santa cap

duck with santa cap1

A squirrel came bounding over to see me and began begging by my boot

He was decked out in Christmas cheer … who could resist a critter that cute?

squirrel with reindeer antlers

And his friend was nearby, standing at attention, looking perky and merry

Wearing antlers, and glasses perched on a nose that looked like a cherry.

squirrel with reindeer antlers1

Then I gave Parker some extra peanuts just because I like him the best

I said “shhh – just tuck these extra nuts away and don’t tell the rest!”

squirrel eating peanuts on trail

I felt remiss since I’d donned no Christmas corsage, not even a sprig of holly

Nor a Santa cap or other holiday duds like the critters, to be truly part of this folly.

squirrel with santa capb

I fed the critters their tidbits and treats, so it was time to begin my journey again

And, as I walked away from them, I knew I was probably wearing a silly grin.

I continued on the path, waving to each walker I passed  along the way

And we exchanged Christmas greetings and wishes for a great holiday.

But, as I walked  back home I had a niggling feeling that something was amiss

Since no walkers commented on the Park critters  all dressed up for Christmas.

So, were the furry and feathered friends a magical treat meant just for MY eyes?

Well, if so, then my lips are sealed because I sure won’t spoil their surprise.

Today’s miles were filled with smiles and started my day off just right

So, may I now say happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

 

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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2 Responses to ‘Twas the day before Christmas …

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………..your poem is marvelous……………I’ll have to read it again when I;m not so tired……………………………guess what I heard and saw believe it or not this morning while I was un-burying some of the cars of snow in our parking lot?…………………….a Robin!

  2. lindasschaub says:

    Thanks Ann Marie – I am glad you enjoyed it … it was fun writing it. That robin may regret hanging around here, because I just heard the weatherman say that we are in the deep freeze for the next 14-18 days.

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