Yuletide Haiku Extravaganza

‘Tis the Season

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Grand parties, great friends,

Gifts and good wishes exchanged,

Spirits lifted high.

Outlaw Tradition

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We gather in clans

To exchange gifts, feast and drink:

Christmas as Potlatch.

The Night Before Christmas

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Children’s eyes glow bright

On Christmas Eve’s sleepless night:

Anticipation.

Winter Solstice

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The Year’s shortest day,

A pagan rite made Holy,

Wiccan Feast — Christ’s birth.

Christmas Cheer!

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Yes! Drink nog, burn Yule,

Trim the tree and eat goose; but

Stand near mistletoe!

Boxing Day

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The day after Yule,

Great houses gave food hampers — 

Good tradesman’s reward.

Sean Bickerton, Manhattan, Christmas 2000