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Ode to Santa and the Economy

There goes Santa, running for his sleigh;

He's gotta run fast, to get away.

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You see, the economy has struck the North Pole as well;

The elves are on strike, and his wife is givin' em' hell.

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These days when Santa appears at the local department store;

It's not just for fun or photos, but for gifts he needs to score.

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He'll check the store layout and make a quick dash;

Why even Santa max'd out his credit card and is low on cash.

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So off he goes, into the night;

To find those gifts, and get out of sight.

Now, he's not going to make a whole lot of stops;

'Cause look out Santa… here comes the cops.

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Santa leaps to his sleigh and flys far into the night;

Carrying all those gifts, on his yearly flight.

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Way into the morning, the police search high and low;

Only to find a few tracks left in the snow.

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You'll hear all the alarms blaring, late into the night;

But old Saint Nick will be long gone, and clean out of sight.

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Santa has to be quick, to have it done by Christmas Eve;

So many gifts, and so many places to be…

The presents will be wrapped, and the tags will be off; Cause old Santa is very careful, not to get caught.

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So check your presents, early on Christmas day; (Keep it hush-hush if they're from Santa, OK...?)

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Now, I don't know if Old Saint Nick, stopped at your house or not; But If he did … … … … …

.....THOSE GIFTS ARE . . . HOT ! !

PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TO ALL

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! ! !


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Pretty good and timely with the economy. I Have one I usually post on my mailing list which is a spinoff on the "Twas the night before Christmas". It gets posted the night before Christmas! Anyone can read it at

http://carfixonline.blogspot.com/

 

Nice gonzo!

 

Kenny, I wrote this poem... 26 years ago. I guess not much has changed in all those years. LOL

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Hey Gonzo,

Christmas is past, Santa is not on the wanted list, nobody reported the theft so I am not going to return my gifts. I am going to double down and make this the best year in this century. I am starting by taking the next 4 days off for a short trip to visit friends with my wife. She said we never go any where. I wish you and the whole crew a very prosperous New Year. I'll chat with you after the holiday.

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Hey Gonzo,

Christmas is past, Santa is not on the wanted list, nobody reported the theft so I am not going to return my gifts. I am going to double down and make this the best year in this century. I am starting by taking the next 4 days off for a short trip to visit friends with my wife. She said we never go any where. I wish you and the whole crew a very prosperous New Year. I'll chat with you after the holiday.

 

Carl, I'm so glad that Santa made it thru another season without getting caught. Have a great time with the Mrs. and I'll catch up with you on Sunday night chat.

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