We were warned that we would
get coal if we were naughty
or rabbits’ buttons!
Back then we got very little
but it still made us happy
Socks were not tightly full
of hard candy, grapes wrapped in brown paper
We cherished each mouthful
we slowly chewed or sucked on
Some nuts, an apple and orange
and if we were really lucky a chocolate bar
We’d open our stockings quickly
and peer inside, then remove one item at a time
In later years we got a can of pop too
and boy, were we happy with that drink!
I wonder what Santa Clause puts in stocking today
all hung up around the propane or wood fireplaces
Ipads and iphones and Turtles or Quality Street
Blackberries and laptops and Wii s-all such coveted items?
Once a ten year old told me he got a ski-doo
with all the gear to keep him warm
But you can’t put that in a stocking that
is only 40 cm long and 20 cm wide!
I am going to keep wondering until I find out
what Santa Clause puts in children’s stockings today.
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