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'Twas the days after Christmas

Updated on January 19, 2011

Christmas is for making memories...

Why such variety?
Why such variety?

A Post Christmas Moment of Reality

Twas the days after Christmas
And all through the house
Children were playing
and pulling all their toys out

I wondered how I would ever see the floor
I contemplated moving and running out the front door

Just as I decided not to run and hide
I hear my husband calling;
Come outside, Come outside

I stopped in my tracks and threw on some boots
and fell on a dinosaur and a pair of baby doll shoes.
I think to myself this better be good
and I replied, "What"?, on the porch I stood

My husband looked up and said "What's wrong with you"?
I said, "Nothing" and continued, "is there something you need me to do?
"My dad is on his way-
Is the house clean yet"?
I laughed and said nope-as I shook my head.

The house is a mess
and I still need to shower,
but there is not enough time when guests will arrive within the hour

I step back inside and over look the mess
I thought I asked Santa for a maid to eliminate this stress
Maybe he didn’t get my letter, maybe it got lost
but wondering does me no good and its too late to send an SOS to Santa clause

I scurry around the house and scoop up toys by the bundle
I here the front door open and inside the kids stumble.

Candy canes hang over
and milk chocolate mustaches
The kids are on a sugar over load have become restless

Mommy open this- Mommy fix my toy.
Oh how Christmas brings endless amounts of pleasure and joy.

I open a Barbie and hand my daughter the little shoes
I look for batteries to make my sons car zoom

Does everything in existence take half a dozen batteries
Double A triple A, C and D's
How many types of batteries can there possibly be?

His eyes light up as I secure the batteries
you fixed it Mommy! I am going to go show Daddy!

He gives me a hug and a big smile
and within that smile-
the entire mess becomes worth while.

The Twelve Days AFTER Christmas


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    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Lone Star State

      Alayne Fenasci

      So true- we are not the first generation nor the last to have babies... we should appreciate them as we should, and slow time, or we will forget to actually live our lives! Thanks for another wonderful comment!

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      Alayne Fenasci 

      7 years ago from Louisiana

      Yeah, we have to just chill. Our parents raised kids too. They had after-Christmas messes. And if they managed not to, they'll get to see what chaotic joy their maid cheated them out of. ;)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State


      Thanks! I am glad you liked the poem- kids are a handful-but we have to realize that it is okay and enjoy the time we have with them while they still want to have time with us. thanks for reading and for the comment!

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      8 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      LOL _ You said a mouthful here, but I love your last line best - 'within that smile-it all becomes worth while.' These are the days you remember the best so I am always delighted when I see people celebrating them so happily and with an understanding that they are only temporarily passing our way so that we have stories to tell later.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      thanks everyone-for all the feedback... I am sorry it has taken so long to respond to all the comments... Work is really making me work lately, but I do indeed appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read and comment on my work. Happy New Year everyone and hope to find time this coming year to read and appreciate every ones work.


    • lanealanea profile image


      8 years ago from Orange County, California

      Nice work!

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      8 years ago

      The holidays just would not be holidays without the little things, in life, like this...thanks

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      A nice poem. Happy New Year to you! May 2011 be everything you wish it to be.


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      Becky Jo Gibson 

      8 years ago from Old Town, California

      Thank you so much for the smile on my face, the goose bumps all over my body and the memories that are priceless!

      God bless you and yours!

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      8 years ago from Cambodia

      Hi H.C Porter, Happy New Year 2011 :)

    • chinemeremz profile image


      8 years ago

      Christmas is indeed a time to celebrate and a time for stock taking, and a time to let go some stress especially as we get ready to enter the New Year.

      Happy it was fun at your household, it was fun at my own end too.

      I'm just imagining and reminiscing the fun!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi H.C Porter, I'm glad i stopped by i have enjoyed reading your Twas the days after Christmas !

      Awesome hub!!!

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      8 years ago

      My son's in-law deal with the mess quite well. they pile all the gift wrapping in the center of the room and afyer presents are opened they all pile in the middle and take a family pic...

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      8 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      I smiled as I read your poem H.C Porter. It seems like only yesterday that I went through the same with my 3 children. Enjoy these precious time with your children.

      The photos are very nice.

      Happy New year To you and your family.

    • ghomefitness profile image


      8 years ago from Chicago,IL

      Christmas exploded all over my house as well. It takes some time to find a spot for the new stuff.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State


      the holidays as well as post holiday seasons have a lot of room for stress... thanks for reading and for the comment :)

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      It has been quite awhile since we had that kind of situation. Now it is a matter of when can we get together.


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