A freshly cut pine tree was standing in the front window. It too, was waiting to be decorated soon.
Then suddenly a man did appear,
dragging a chair, which he placed by the tree.
Up he climbed and attached a beautiful spear.
a Santa hung high, the mushroom down low,
a little boy with a tall hat, a bear -- then me,
we all were hung on bouncy branches around the tree.
and with the slightest draft, every strand shimmered and danced.
All was quiet for the next day --
but, we were excited to be out after a long stay.
Then into the house there rose such a clatter,
when what to my eyes should appear, but a miniature person crying and screaming as there was something the matter!
The man had returned with a beautiful lady carrying this noisy spoof.
This bundle of joy was born December 10th to Bill and Ruth.
Now the quiet was in shambles -- but no matter,
I will hang around in spite of the clatter.
For the next few days I watched the family hustle about doing Christmasy things,
Two large stockings and one small, were hung from hooks and rings.
Boughs of greens were placed around -- the wonderful smells of Christmas were abound.
Santa came and went and left a present or two, It was rather skimpy around the tree -- you see,
because it was a Christmas during the Great Depression.
And William Raymond was Bill & Ruthy's Christmas present.
On Christmas day, Nana and Gramps came bearing gifts.
It was all recorded on Baby's First Christmas list.
I watched the gang dwindle to a few, and then knew -- this day was nearly through.
I was soon to be put away for a year -- along with the others, including the spear.
This routine has been going on for many-a-year -- It has been 83 times I'm out and free --
to be hung on a pretty Christmas tree,
I really don't know how many more times I'll last,
you see I'm delicate -- I'm only made of glass!
But I'm feeling sure -- I'll see my family once more,
That will be when I'm eighty four.
Pluto is my younger friend,
we'll hang together to the end.
Clowning around is fun.
Good by for now -- I've gotta run.
The little Clown
"Christmas isn't a season
It's a feeling."
- Edna Ferber