Friends, pray pause for a minute from your mince pies,
Please put down your port and lend me your eyes. . . . .
The tree is all decorated and beautifully lit,
Two weeks to go yet and tis wilting a bit.
Your Festive gift shopping is well under way,
Well blow it, who wants to save for a rainy day ?.
Your credit card has taken a bit of a hit,
But your pleased with your gifts you have to admit.
For son and heir a subscription to a new golfing mag,
Daughter in Law has perfume and a new evening bag.
Grand-daughter Lucy will to her hearts content bake,
And Grandson Luke has Star Wars Lego to make.
A nightie and slippers for old Auntie Flo,
Aftershave, socks and soap on a rope for Uncle Joe.
Your nearest and dearest is proving hardest to get,
He must be the most "don't need owt" man you ever met.
Next week the dreaded food shop looms large,
Some buy enough to fill a small barge.
The Jones' next door have two trolleys laden with food and beer,
You'd think Asda was going to be shut for a year !!.
The Festive Season is meant to be fun, a time to let your hair down,
Not fight in the aisle for that last turkey crown.
Then before you know it the main event : The Christmas Dinner,
Get your timings right here and you're onto a winner.
The turkey is served with all the trimming,
Piled up plates are literally brimming.
A break in proceedings for the Queens Speech at 3 o'clock,
Her Majesty the Royal Shepherdess tending her flock.
Then it's rich Christmas pud with cream or brandy sauce,
But no cake or cheese yet because you've 'eaten a horse'.
And soon it's all over until the same time next year,
Hubby's in his chair snoring after a half pint of beer.
There's no rest for the wicked you say as you clear away,
You'll surely sleep like a log tonight after the rigor of the day.
Your MPN has been largely forgotten and parked up for a while,
A time for family, fun, a laugh and a smile.
Then BANG !! It's all gone and you're back to reality,
Going to work and attending clinic is your normality.
Well folks for many most of my rhyme will ring true,
But please indulge in the Season and do not feel blue.
Before I go I would offer up my Festive cheer,
And wish All of my Forum friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year.