Judith Viorst

(February 2, 1931)

Remembrance Of Christmas Past

Poem by Judith Viorst

They let the children out of school too early.
I left the Christmas shopping till too late.
Each day we had a holiday excursion,
Which gave us the entire week to wait in line for
Movies by Disney,
Gift-wrapping by Lord & Taylor,
And everyone's restrooms.

On Christmas Eve we started to assemble
The easy-to-assemble telescope
And fire truck with forty-seven pieces.
By midnight it was plain there was no hope without
An astronomer,
A mechanical engineer,
And two psychiatrists.

We rose at dawn to three boys singing Rudolph.
We listened numbly to their shouts of glee.
The kitten threw up tinsel on the carpet.
The fire truck collided with the tree, requiring

One rug shampoo,
Several Band-aids,
And Scotch before breakfast.

I bought my husband shirts - wrong size, wrong colors,
And ties he said he couldn't be caught dead in.
I'd hinted Saint Laurent or something furry.
He bought me flannel gowns to go to bed in, also
A Teflon frying pan,
A plaid valise,
And The Weight Watchers Cook Book.

The turkey was still frozen at eleven.
At noon my eldest boy spilled Elmer's glue.
At five I had a swell Excedrin headache,
The kind that lasts till January two...but
Merry Christmas
And Happy New Year,
I think.


Comments about Remembrance Of Christmas Past by Judith Viorst

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/1/2020 9:13:00 AM)

    At five I had a swell Excedrin headache,
    The kind that lasts till January two...but
    Merry Christmas
    And Happy New Year,
    I think. very fine poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Kingsley EgbukoleKingsley Egbukole (12/27/2019 9:40:00 PM)

    A beautiful Christmas narration. Well written(Report)Reply

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  • Thomas CostonThomas Coston (12/27/2019 2:14:00 PM)

    A Weight Watcher's Cookbook, I wonder who that was for? I wonder if she smacked him across the head with that Teflon frying pan.(Report)Reply

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  • Loppo LouieLoppo Louie (12/27/2019 9:52:00 AM)

    Humor brings another state
    of mind...(Report)Reply

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  • Tamara Beryl LathamTamara Beryl Latham (12/27/2019 8:34:00 AM)

    What a great poem with a sense of humor embedded in the lines. Congratulations on POD. Great write! : -)(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (12/27/2019 1:24:00 AM)

    We rose at dawn to three boys singing Rudolph.
    We listened numbly to their shouts of glee.
    The kitten threw up tinsel on the carpet.
    The fire truck collided with the tree, requiring. very much descriptive and fine.. tony(Report)Reply

    The MuseThe Muse(12/27/2019 2:35:00 PM)

    Oh This made me laugh so much. Thanks Judith

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (12/27/2019 12:31:00 AM)

    We rose at dawn to three boys singing Rudolph.
    We listened numbly to their shouts of glee.
    The kitten threw up tinsel on the carpet.
    The fire truck collided with the tree, requiring........./// beautiful poetic expression(Report)Reply

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  • Walterrean Salley (11/28/2016 4:15:00 PM)

    (Remembrance Of Christmas Past by Judith Viorst.) **Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (11/15/2015 2:51:00 PM)

    Ha! I enjoyed the fresh view of Christmas as it is celebrated in the commercial sense. This woman has a well-aimed sense of humor(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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