DOWN TO THE KITCHEN CAROLING
Down to the kitchen caroling Granddad goes,
allspice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
drawing his nose along “ding, dong…through the snow.”
Grandmom’s baking cookies, rolling dough,
and basting a stuffed turkey, her cheeks aglow.
There’ll be mulled cider, egg nog, hot cocoa
with whipped cream and marshmallow.
Christmas Is…Percy Faith on the Hi-Fi stereo,
Bing’s ‘White’ and Elvis’ ‘Blue’ also.
Like Santa’s Ho-Ho-Ho that no one ever outgrows,
we’ll always be grand kids in the kitchen, to and fro,
our warm hearth-fire hearts staying lit within, I know!
Up with the Poinsettia, and grow,
Up with the Holly and Ivy;
Up with the Mistletoe,
Evergreen, all —
Up the bunk bed ladder, with a hop,
Little Susie met three angels at the top…
UP THE BUNK BED LADDER
*“Here they come, Mom! And Jim won’t need the wish-bone — they’ve got their PLYMOUTH!” Norman Rockwell Chrysler Corporation Plymouth magazine ad 1947