‘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.
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.
A pair of Canada geese, sporting Santa caps, looked so dapper
They made goo-goo eyes at each other while I roared with laughter.
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.
The mallards were mingling at the cement landing among themselves
Their caps backward or sticking straight up, as mischievous as Santa’s elves.
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?
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.
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!”
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.
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!