Tuesday, December 23, 2014

'Twas the Night Before the Night Before Christmas...

'Twas the night before the night before Christmas, and all through the house, 
The kids were playing video games, and so was Tatted Mom's spouse.
The stockings were all hung, apparently, as play things for the felines,
The presents all lacked bows, as these were also in the cats' beelines.

The children were all bouncing, due to an abundance of Christmas sweets,
And I was seriously regretting baking all those treats.
Tatted Mom lay on the couch with wine, trying to regain some sanity, 
While Hubby shot evil aliens in the video game "Destiny." 

When up on the second floor, there came a huge crash,
Hubby and I just knew something was broken, so we made a quick dash.
We arrived at our bedroom door, out of breath and panting,
To find our kids facing each other, raving and ranting.

The Girl wanted to be lazy, and watch some TV,
While The Ginger wanted to continue his mission on "Assassin's Creed 3."
The struggle for the television grew, when suddenly Mom went off like a gun,

"It's almost Christmas, and here you two are fighting,
I swear I will take back your presents, if you don't start uniting."
I stormed down the stairs, and left the kids to say nothing,
They feared I would take their presents, that this time I wasn't bluffing.

The stress of the holidays had become too much for Tatted Mom,
I just wanted happiness in my home, some peace and some calm.
I stared at the tree, with the presents surrounding, 
And marveled at the sight, which was truly astounding.

As the kids came flying down the stairs, wondering what my next move was,
They stood very quietly behind me, sure to not make a buzz.
They watched as I seemed to have an argument with myself,
As to whether I was going to play the role of good or evil elf.

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It was Christmas time, a time for forgiveness and cheer,
And there's no wonder why the kids are acting crazy, with all the changes we have next year.
We start homeschool in a few weeks, and their dad leaves then, too,
Our lives will be flipped upside down with so many things that are new. 

I stood in front of the tree, silent as a mouse,
Now was the time for me to set a positive example in my house.
I turned toward my kids, and held out my arms quite wide,
And motioned for a hug, bringing my kids to my side.

"I love you all so much, and I know things have been crazy,
With me being sick, and all of the changes, things are quite hazy.
But it's the time of season to really pull together as a family,
Enjoy one another's company, and end this insanity."

I squeezed my kids tightly, and Hubby joined in, too,
And a few tears escaped my eyes, tears of joy, not tears of blue. 
We were together again, and for now, the chaos squashed,
This mom wanted family happiness, no matter the cost.

'Twas the night before the night before Christmas, and we all gathered round,
To play a family board game, where happiness was found.
We laughed until we hurt, and nowhere to be seen was a fight,
I'm wishing a Merry Christmas to you and your family, and to all a good night.


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