~ The Smelly Christmas Tree ~

(Re-published from a previous year.  Thought y’all might enjoy it again !)



 A Christmas Memory

Otherwise known as : The Smelly Christmas Tree

(Based on a true story – Yes, this really did happen…, just this way!)


 Eric’s apartment, Loomis St., Chicago.  It was bitterly cold out that night.  Eric had returned with a Christmas tree from one of the lots down the street and we all started to decorate it.  After about an hour Grandma noted that she could smell something peculiar whenever she was close to the tree………


Eric, Mom, Paul, Grandma, Greg & Flopsy (the bunny)


Christmas Eve about 15 years ago

A Christmas Memory


Twas the night before Christmas

And, oh, what a stink

Many were nauseous

Some bent over the sink.

The stockings were hung out the window to air

And later that night Eric’s shoes joined them there.

Flopsy looked for a clothes pin,

Her nose twitching like crazy

As the air around us

Was growing more hazy.

Mom and Paul were nestled all snug in their beds

White visions of limburger cheese danced in their heads.

With Nana, her kerchief covering her nose

And Greg seeking relief by smelling his toes.

When Eric arose and caused such a clatter

He said, “enough is enough, we’re ending this matter”

He sprang from the futon and got down on his knee

And took a final whiff of the putrid tree.

He dragged it through the door and down to the curb

Where he and Greg examined it “Eureka!!! A dogturd!”

At last the problem was solved

And all could breathe right

So Merry Christmas to all

And to all a good night !

(With aplogies to Clement C Moore)





(My apologies to all you dog lovers out there….., but it DID stink !!!!!)


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