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Christmas Comes But Once a Year

 

Christmas comes but once a year
The day my dad drinks too much beer

 

Mum gets stressed, her nerves all jerky
Glugs red wine and burns the turkey

 

Sister feeds her face with chocs
Turning white, pukes on her socks

 

Doggy chomps on stale mince pies
Making smells that sting your eyes

 

Granddad starts to dance and rap
Spits his teeth into my lap

 

Nan says Mum's too good for Dad
And should have wed that other lad

 

Aunty Babs loves mistletoe
And kissing with my Uncle Joe

 

The fighting starts. The yearly strife
'Cos Babs is Uncle Tommy's wife

 

The neighbours bang upon the walls
As Uncle Joe and Tommy brawl

 

Aunty Babs pretends she's sad
And goes outside to find my dad

 

Daddy burps, falls on the floor
As Mum and Gran walk out the door

 

Nana tuts, 'I told you so.'
As Dad and Babs roll in the snow

 

Mummy grabs my sis and me

And off we're dragged to Nan's for tea

 

Dad keeps phoning all night long
Telling Mum she's got it wrong

 

We go back home at ten that night
The house is a disastrous sight

 

But Christmas comes just once a year
The fights, the bird and too much beer

 

All my friends say it's a shame

My every Christmas is the same

 

But that's the way it's always been
And as we all help Mummy clean

 

We laugh – Mum, Dad and Sis and me
A kind of happy family

 

'Life's not perfect,' Daddy cheers
and we all smile from ear to ear

 

At least we know on this one night
We've got a year to get it right

 

©2010 Mark C Bird

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