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Me with my favorite Christmas book

Here’s this year’s holiday poem. Some years what I write is serious, some years not so. This year, I thought I’d write about how hard it is to write a Christmas Song, considering my general lack of music theory knowledge and lack of rhythm (as anyone who has seen me attempt to dance at a Hollywood Ending, Burnham or The Dalliance show recently can attest to). Many of you reading this will also be getting a hard copy in the mail, as usual. They’re just gonna be a little late…


Trying to write a Christmas song, why is this so tough?

I have no musical talent and my rhyming’s kinda rough.

But it shouldn’t be so hard to string these words together,

Say something about Santa and stars or maybe sing about the weather.

(Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow)


I could work serious this year, sing about some modern woe

Songs by Bing and Bowie and the Alarm cover the sadness pretty well though.

I could sing about missing Christmas with the someone that I love

But I’m pretty sure another sad song would make you all give me a shove.

(I’ll Be Home for Christmas…)


Maybe I should sing of sleighs? Of reindeer or snowmen or drummer boys?

Maybe I should scrap this thing and go buy my nieces and nephews their toys.

I could sing of New Year’s Eve instead, of hopes for where 2013 will go,

Or of how it’s just another night. Oh wait, that’s been done by Barry Manilow.

(It’s just another New Year’s Eve…)


Where’s the romance of holidays, the falling in love on a sleigh?

Maybe that’s what I should sing about: being merry and gay!

That’s it! I’ll sit up all night long, wait for a cute Santa to come by

Or maybe an Elf (of Legolas’s kind), I’m a geeky kinda guy!

(I’mma be under the Mistletoe with you…)



May you have a rock-and-roll Christmas, or one that’s White or Green or Blue.

May you have Nights Holy and Silent, be it Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice or Yule.


To all of you: old friends and new, near and far, IRL or on the net: I am grateful for you friendship, for your support, and for your love. I wish everyone the happiest, healthiest, safest holiday season and a successful 2013. Let’s see where it takes us.

And just for the heck of it: here are my friends Almost Hero performing a Christmas medley:



Okay, I admit, this is killing me just a little bit. I’ve been writing, printing, addressing, stamping, and mailing physical copies of my annual holiday poem since 1996. This year, the poems did not go out in the mail because of my insane travel schedule. In the next week, I will be sending it to the older relatives I have who don’t have email and who don’t regularly visit the internet. For everyone else, here it is:


Well here’s another fine hotel room:
Another tv and king-sized bed,
Another six a.m. wake-up call,
Another bright white shower stall,
Another place to lay my head.

In my apartment there’s no tree decorated,
No twinkling lights strung outside,
No shiny ornaments have been hung,
Not a carol is being sung,
Santa and angels in boxes abide.

But it doesn’t matter if I’m home for the holidays
Because “home is where the heart is” it’s said
And my heart is always with my family and friends,
Not the places where I lay my head.

So I don’t need Christmas Eve snow,
I don’t need characters on the mantle
Or candles in the window or angels on the tree.
I don’t even need to be under the mistletoe.
In my heart, you’re always here with me.

Friends and family, May light of the season bring you joy, health, happiness, peace and prosperity.