Ode to Excess

My lovely friend Cathryn wrote this little ditty that we hope will amuse you all!

Ode to Excess (December 2017):

How many years have we said at this time
We’re not going crazy, just a few gifts are fine.
The kids have so much, they don’t need a thing
We’re lost for inspiration, the money does sting.


Determined to stick to the rules that we’ve set
We proudly congratulate ourselves not to get
Handfulls of gifts from Poundland to fill
Stockings and boxes, a bitter sweet pill.

Yet here we are a week yet to go
We’re edging close and even had snow.
The doubt starts to niggle, we wrestle our minds
“maybe just one more” gift we can find.
One turns to two to three and to four
Then Amazon calling and banging our door.

Panic sets in, have we equalled the spending
Presents still coming, bank balance bending.
Wrapping in secret, while the kids are asleep
Shoving up lofts and cupboards in heaps.
Convincing yourself the spend isn’t too great
Hiding receipts and getting into a state.

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Last minute guilt buys for mum and for dad
They’ve leant you money all year but if you don’t you’ll feel bad.
Passing the shops and buying one more
Rushing back home to find somewhere to store.

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All under the tree and ready to go
Kids are oblivious how little they know.
As you rock in a corner clutching a gin
Maybe next year you’ll be strong, not give in.

by Cathryn Watters

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16 thoughts on “Ode to Excess

  1. That about sums things up! I was going to limit my gift buying for my grandsons to four things – something to read, something to wear, something to play with and something to do (tickets to a play). I had a back strain from wrapping gifts all afternoon and blew my budget. Merry Christmas! 🎄

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  2. Suzanne [globalhousesitterX2]

    No gifts here, just good company, yummy food, and kilos of chocolate! Your very cheerful pink woke me up as I linked on to your blog 🙂 Merry Christmas

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  3. Bryntin

    Almost everyone seems to have an experience of the ludicrous pressures to impart… and this is done so well. Next year, gin first then forget the rest!

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