Fake snow, hey-ho
Melting chocolate baubles
Petrified pine needles scratch

Alcohol for coping
Sunday best, except sweaty Santa
Forced smiles and unprovocative

Houses and faces scrubbed clean
Tables laid impeccably, just so
Awaiting bloating over-indulgent

Strained bank balance
Ripping open boxes of disappointment
With Mariah Carey

Wheelie bins overflowing
Gravy scrapings and congealed lard

Is all this essential to
A Birth Day celebration?
The Lord works in mysterious ways
(Bah, humbug)

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