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TWAS THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house,


Every creature was hurting — even the mouse.

The toys were all broken, their batteries dead;

Santa passed out, with some ice on his head.

Wrapping and ribbons just covered the floor, while

Upstairs the family continued to snore.

And I in my T-shirt, new Reeboks and jeans,

Went into the kitchen and started to clean.

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When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the sink to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the curtains, and threw up the sash.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a little white truck, with an oversized mirror.

The driver was smiling, so lively and grand;

The patch on his jacket said “U.S. POSTMAN.”

With a handful of bills, he grinned like a fox

Then quickly he stuffed them into our mailbox.

Bill after bill, after bill, they still came.

Whistling and shouting he called them by name:

“Now Dillard’s, now Broadway’s, now Penny’s and Sears

Here’s Levitz’s and Target’s and Mervyn’s–all here!!

To the tip or your limit, every store, every mall,

Now chargeaway-chargeaway-chargeaway all!”

He whooped and he whistled as he finished his work.

He filled up the box, and then turned with a jerk.

He sprang to his truck and he drove down the road,

Driving much faster with just half a load.

Then I heard him exclaim with great holiday cheer,

“ENJOY WHAT YOU GOT … YOU’LL BE PAYING ALL YEAR!”

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FreeHearts: 2nd edition A Novel of Colonial America  A novel of colonial America – inspired by the Cottingham family -Col. John Washington (ancestor of President George Washington), Randall Revell, Tom Cottingham, Edmund Beauchamp ward off Indian attacks and conquer the wilds of Maryland’s Eastern shore in 17th-century colonial America in this historical novel, inspired by true events.

FreeHearts: 2nd edition A Novel of Colonial America (Tapestry of Love Series Book 3): Book 3 in Tapestry of Love Series


By (author): Donna R Causey

Col. John Washington (ancestor of President George Washington), Randall Revell, Tom Cottingham, Edmund Beauchamp ward off Indian attacks and conquer the wilds of Maryland’s Eastern shore in 17th century colonial America in this historical novel, inspired by true events.

Forced to leave colonial Virginia to avoid religious persecution for their Christian beliefs, Ambrose and Mary Dixon embrace the Quaker life in pre-Revolutionary War Somerset County, Maryland with their family. However, their daughter Mary falls in love and threatens to break up the family unit. Will her romantic interest destroy the family?

The history of colonial Virginia and Maryland come alive in this action-packed novel which will appeal to a wide-range audience. FreeHearts is the third novel in the Tapestry of Love series.

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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8 comments

  1. Michelle Tyler

    so very cynical, and for many of us……not even close…….believe it or not, some of us remember what Christmas is……..

    1. Claudia Swift

      Please, PLEASE, stop being offended by EVERYTHING. The poem was not meant to be taken seriously OR personally, just as the original “Night Before Christmas” wasn’t. Lighten up, for pete’s sake. I didn’t spend a lot of money, either; I certainly didn’t max out several credit cards, as the poem implies. But it’s supposed to be humorous. Cynical?……..I’m sure there are parents out there who can relate. As for remembering what Christmas is…….most of us do. And then there’s everyday life, which sometimes gets in the way of our fine ideas about “how Christmas should be.” It is what it is, and while Jesus IS the reason for Christmas, what’s wrong with a little humor here and there?

    2. Michelle Tyler

      Claudia Swift what right do you have to call me offended? I never stated that I was………….

  2. Joyce N Billy Lambert

    No bills here. All paid for, month by month. Stash here, stash there, now December I enjoy for the true meaning as Mr. Mailman passes us by. 🙂

  3. Eva Marie Jay

    No stuffed mail box here

  4. Joni Collopy

    Me, either. Must be an Alabama thing!

  5. Wendy Hodo Roberts

    So true!! And I wouldn’t change a thing!! Roll Tide and Merry bill paying!!

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