A Christmas Pfennig… 2023

T’was the Night Before Christmas

and all through my house

no longer were hammers hammering

And me and my spouse

sat down to count our blessings…

I’m older now, and wishing that Christmas

will always hold dear in my heart…

And so now with this message, I’ll start…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

It’s the hap-happiest time of all…

But there are dark clouds outside

And Chuck’s fears for us

He sure hopes he wrong with his call…

The song, My Favorite Things, is playing

and I think I’ll go through some of those right now

Family, friends, baseball, Gold, 

and music of all kinds, just not rap…

Days at my grill, and some cold beer on tap…

And I can’t forget my dear readers… 

They are the best!

What Will be your gift at Christmas? 

I’m hoping for peace, love of family, 

and good health, (for once!) 

less doctor visits, and more time spent

with my family and friends. 

I know that’s a lot to ask for

And I try not to get upset

when nothing is under my tree

now, don’t get all wet…

in the eyes, 

Let there be happiness, and joy

for all the girls and boys! 

Each year when I play Santa

I give out the gifts

that I think each recipient deserves

Now, don’t start a rift!

To my beautiful bride

I give my ever lasting love

To my darling daughter

I give my gift of laughter

To my strapping son

I give a strong back, 

and a water polo championship won!

To my youngest son

I give my gift of experience 

to get through life… 

To my darling granddaughter, Delaney Grace

I give her my support to all her hopes and dreams…

To my grandsons, Braden And Everett

I give a day with “the General”  to help them grow up. 

And to my little Evie… 4 years old

I hope I never have to get mad at or even scold! 

The debts of the country are out of control

And Chuck has warned everyone for decades 

that his warnings began to sound old… 

I reach in my bag and I find no more gifts

But I still have my friends, and dear readers

to give them something… What could it be?

I guess you’ll have to come back next year

to find out what I came up with… 

I have one final wish and it’s for one and all…

And that is: may you know the warmth of love, 

and wrap it all around you, this Christmas… 

So, I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!