December 2, 2009

Holiday Humor

READY8 “I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.” ~ Bernard Manning

AIM8 Every once in awhile we need to have a good laugh or two. This time of year can be stressful or depressing for some folks. So today, I thought it would be appropriate to break out a little humor to lighten up your mood. Enjoy this parody of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. Even if you don’t have children of your own, this ought to make you chuckle.

*(Disclaimer - My apologies for the lack of spacing in the poem. The blog doesn't seem to like extra spaces in this centered style. Read it anyway, it's funny!)*

A Parent’s Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas
when all through the house
I searched for the tools
to hand to my spouse
Instructions were studied
and we were inspired,
in hopes we could manage
"Some Assembly Required."
The children were quiet (not asleep) in their beds,
while Dad and I faced the evening with dread:
a kitchen, two bikes, Barbie's town house to boot!
And, thanks to Grandpa, a train with a toot!
We opened the boxes,
my heart skipped a beat-
let no parts be missing
or parts incomplete!"
Too late for last-minute returns or replacement;
if we can't get it right, it goes in the basement!
When what to my worrying eyes should appear
but 50 sheets of directions, concise, but not clear.
With each part numbered and every slot named,
so if we failed, only we could be blamed.
More rapid than eagles the parts then fell out,
all over the carpet they were scattered about.
"Now bolt it! Now twist it! Attach it right there!
Slide on the seats, and staple the stair!
Hammer the shelves, and nail to the stand."
"Honey," said hubby, "you just glued my hand."
And then in a twinkling, I knew for a fact
that all the toy dealers had indeed made a pact
to keep parents busy all Christmas Eve night
with "assembly required" till morning's first light
We spoke not a word, but kept bent at our work,
till our eyes, they went bleary; our fingers all hurt.
The coffee went cold and the night, it wore thin
before we attached the last rod and last pin.
Then laying the tools away in the chest,
we fell into bed for a well-deserved rest.
But I said to my husband just before I passed out,
"This will be the best Christmas, without any doubt.
Tomorrow we'll cheer, let the holiday ring,
and not have to run to the store for a thing!
We did it! We did it! The toys are all set
for the perfect, most perfect, Christmas, I bet!"
Then off to dreamland and sweet repose
I gratefully went, though I suppose
there's something to say for those self-deluded-
I'd forgotten that BATTERIES are never included!
~ Author Unknown

FIRE!8 Laughter positively affects many aspects of your life, including your physical health, mental well-being and energy. Read a joke today or listen to someone recount a funny story and give yourself permission to laugh out loud!

Be Excellent!

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