Twas the Night before Cliffmas

(With Apologies to Clement Clark Moore, Henry Livingston, Jr. or  Anonymous)


Twas the night before Cliffmas, when all through the House

Republicans were wondering if their leader was a man or a mouse;

The parameters for the budget talks had been set out with care,

In hopes that a compromise soon would be there.


The taxpayers were uneasy, not snug in their beds,

While visions of higher rates danced in their heads;

And mom with her checkbook and dad with the bills,

Had just settled down with a bottle of pills, Continue reading “Twas the Night before Cliffmas”

Need a little Christmas?

Christmas is, without a doubt, the happiest holiday of the year. The hustle and bustle, the decorations, the lights, the parties, the holiday cheer usually bring a smile to the most dedicated sourpuss. The magic and warmth of this holiday brings out the best in people who give generously at this time of year. The music and laughter brightens our spirits and everything looks better, at least in the short term.

After three years of an economic downturn there seems to be no light at the end of this tunnel. The economy is now on life support and many are struggling to hang on. Who knows how long this will last?

For we need a little Christmas

Right this very minute,

Candles in the window,

Carols at the spinet.

This song from the musical Mame was sung by the madcap protagonist who had just lost her fortune in the stock market crash of 1929. It easily could have been written today for it sums up our feelings in 2011. Continue reading “Need a little Christmas?”

The “Perfect” Christmas Gift

Are you caught between the shipping deadline for online sales and the mad dash at your local department store on the busiest shopping weekend of the year to complete your Christmas list?Wouldn’t it be nice if there were one “perfect” gift for everyone? That certainly would simplify matters. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone gave you the perfect Christmas gift? Continue reading “The “Perfect” Christmas Gift”

Exchanging Gifts with Jesus

No one is quite sure how the custom of giving and receiving gifts on the anniversary of Christ’s birth actually began. Some say it was a holdover from a celebration the Romans held at the end of the year to honor Saturn, their harvest god.Some say it came from Saint Nicholas, a kind-hearted Christian bishop who lived around 300 A.D., who is said to have given gold to each of three girls who did not have dowries, so they could get married. Continue reading “Exchanging Gifts with Jesus”