‘Twas two days after Christmas and all through the town
The lights and the wreaths were all coming down.
The shoppers had shopped, the gifts had gone back,
The bills from the credit cards were all in a stack.
The eggnog was gone, the tips had been tipped,
The gift to Aunt Millie had finally been shipped.
The lines at the mall were finally shorter
and holiday items went for two-and-a-quarter.
The children were safely all tucked in their beds
as visions of next Christmas danced in their heads.
More Play-Doh, more Lego, more Pokemon, too.
And what would they do without a Star Wars Grogu?
Then from way up above there arose such a clatter.
My husband ran up to see what was the matter.
Someone was walking up there on the house.
And that someone was bigger for sure than a mouse.
A burglar? A reindeer? What could it be?
Something was headed straight for our chimney.
And then with an “oomf” and an “ugh” he came down,
Not through the chimney but down to the ground.
With big rosy cheeks and good cheer galore
Our mystery roof-walker appeared at the door.
“I’m the guy that you called, I’m a roofer named Kringle.
All that snow that just fell? It ruined your shingles.”
“You need a new roof,” said the man dressed in red.
“If you don’t do it soon, it’ll fall in on your head.”
We looked at the children asleep in their beds,
At the pile of bills, and then scratched our heads.
Then we gave him a Visa to clean up the mess
Because Kringle won’t take American Express.
Tracy Beckerman is the author of the Amazon Bestseller, “Barking at the Moon: A Story of Life, Love, and Kibble,” available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble online! You can visit her at www.tracybeckerman.com. To find out more about Tracy Beckerman and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.