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A Christmas Story

As some of my readers may remember on occasion I post my Mother’s poetry. She has a wonderful gift and through the years I have enjoyed reading her poems on my Birthday cards, Christmas cards and when I got married.

So I couldn’t think of a better way to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

And this year I think that she really outdid herself with “A Christmas Story” so without further ado I present the following:


A Christmas Story


TWAS a frosty winter’s night

And everyone was tucked up tight.

When at the door came a rat-tat

Too snug was I to see who’s that.

“Bob Cratchit” the wife said,

With a poke in the ribs,

“You’d better get up

It might be his Nibs!”

So quickly down the stairs I fly

In case it’s Mister Scrooge come by,

It wouldn’t do to have him wait

He’d dock my wage and no mistake!

But on peeping out the door

It was a stranger that I saw.

He had a beard and wore a cloak

And didn’t look like regular folk.

“Kind sir,” says he, in words of old,

“We need to shelter from the cold.

We’ve travelled far and lost our way

And do not have a place to stay.”

So not knowing what else to do,

I lift the latch and let them through.

In came a Lady, heavy with child;

Her face was gentle, sweetly mild.

I begged the Lady to sit herself down

And wrapped her in a shawl I found.

Then stoking the fire, what did I see?

Two pointy feet up in the chimney.

“What the dicken’s,” I cried,

 When out of the flue,

A jolly Old Elf popped into view.

He gave a wink and said with a yawn,

“I’ll nap for a bit, ‘til toasty and warm.

The reindeers stand ready up on the roof,

So, we can dash off in a flash of a hoof!”

 Before I had quite got over the shock,

I heard most distinctly another knock. 

I flew to the door and on peering out

Saw Three Wise Men lurking about.

“If you please, may we enter within,

We’ve followed a Star in freezing wind.”

I had them sit, made everyone tea,

And never was there such a company.

Just when I hoped to have a good natter,

On the doorstep, appeared the Nutcracker.

Moustached and tall, he marches in

And a pretty Miss pirouettes after him.

I draw up chairs, they too sit down,

Crumpets and tea I hand around.

And once again, there was a knock

It was a Shepherd and his flock.

Oxen too and a donkey I saw

All crowded together at the door.

I stood in a daze at the hullabaloo,

Scratching my head at what to do?

Watching an Angel alight in a twinkling

And Rudolph’s red nose merrily blinking,

I began to worry what next there’d be?

P’raps a Partridge in a Pear tree!

I ran to and fro, was all in a dither,

Until the Lady bade me come hither,

“Surely there’s room out in the hall.

You could lay down some straw

And make it a stall.”

That’s what I did, and all was well,

And that’s my Story of the First Noël.

‘Tis time to put this tale to rest,

And wish you Good Cheer

And a Happy Christmas!





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On October 8th 2005 I got married in Cancun surrounded by friends and family in the Westin Regina Hotel. It was just 12 days before hurricane Wilma (category 5) made landfall in Cancun and wreaked havoc on my beloved city. Luckily, for hubby and me, we were long gone by then and enjoying our honeymoon in Thailand but for many of our loved ones they had to ride out the storm. That was 6 years ago but still my wedding day is fresh in my mind. I remember people telling me that the first year of marriage is like being on a constant honeymoon but that was not the case for my husband and me. For us it was more like growing pains until we finally settled into a comfortable groove and it was only then that I realized that I was very lucky as I had married my best friend. The following years have just gotten better and better as we make our way through this life together. He makes me laugh (which is so very important), he has my back, and he is a kind gentle, intelligent, patient soul. We are actually quite different from each other in many ways but I think that is what in the end makes us work so well together.

So, on our 6th wedding anniversary we decided to treat ourselves to a weekend away at El Marina El Cid Hotel in the Riviera Maya just 20 minutes away from home.  We came across a great deal on Clickonero for two nights with an ocean view suite and VIP Premium Club status that we just couldn’t refuse. With packed bags we set off Saturday to celebrate our anniversary. I had already done my due diligence beforehand by checking out the hotel on Trip Advisor and as always there were incredibly positive reviews mixed in with some terrible reviews. The most common bad review was about the food but since hubby and I often visit all inclusive hotels in the Riviera Maya we knew what to expect in general.

When we arrived we checked in at the Premium Lounge, which is usually used for time share owners, and also to try and book people into doing a time share presentation. I used to sell Time Share….please don’t hold that against me J so I promptly let them know that a) I was an ex-time share saleswoman and b) I had no interest in being tortured—ooops I mean toured. We were taken to a suite that was more than what we needed for 2 nights but greatly appreciated. We had a living room, small kitchenette, 2 bathrooms, and a large bedroom with two balconies overlooking the ocean. There was even a bottle of red wine and a colourful fruit basket on the dining room table.

We quickly stripped off our clothes and hit the pool. WOW! What a pool! It was huge AND practically empty as we are in low season right now, which suited us just fine as shockingly there aren’t any sun umbrellas at all around the pool just on the beach L We found a few chairs that were in the shade as the sun had begun its slow descent behind the tall buildings of the hotel and we dropped our stuff and dove into the refreshing water. Let me tell you it is a great pool….large, with tepid water, a huge play area for kids and children alike with water slides and a fake cliff that you can dive off into the deep man-made abyss below. I, of course, immediately wanted to try the slide out and dive off the “cliff”. As I whipped down the surprisingly fast slide that at one point I believed I was going to fly over the side, I let out a loud laugh as I hit the water. Next up the “cliff” I dove off and plunged into the separate pool below. After, my adrenalin rush had subsided we ordered a few frozen tropical drinks and settled into our chairs.

El Marina El Cid

Our first night we went for dinner at one of the a la carte restaurants and had a decent meal. Unfortunately the food at El Cid is not that great (just like the reviews stated) neither the a la carte restaurants nor the buffets were much to our liking but since we were only there for two days it didn’t bother us too much. If I were staying for a week I would never survive and would have to leave the premises in search of better meals. The staff on the other hand we found to be very friendly and eager to make our stay a pleasant one. At the end of our weekend we felt rested and content and ready for the work week ahead.

How do you spend your wedding anniversay?

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