The Christmas Season has at last arrived!
Months of waiting, and of making up lists,
of what to buy, for who, and where to stay?
With so much good will, our spirits have thrived.
Even with bellies full, our host insists
on taking seconds, not walking away.
Pulling crackers and wearing funny hats,
laughing, joking, and having drunken chats.
It’s not just the food that’s all oversized,
the drinks keep flowing; wine, spirits and beer.
We sing Christmas songs, new and old revised,
swaying side to side, raised glasses in cheer.
Then suddenly it’s over, we’re revived,
ready to take on the next coming year.
The Twelve Sonnets of Christmas
Day # 1
The Alfred Dorn Sonnet
The Alfred Dorn sonnet originated in a Formalist publication contest. Each year the Formalist runs a sonnet contest where the applicants make up their own form of sonnet. The sonnet form is named after the winning applicant, and in this case Alfred Dorn was the winner.
The Alfred Dorn sonnet is different than most sonnets, in that it has an Italian sestet and a Sicillian sestet linked by a couplet. Both sestets share common rhyme set by the first line. The rhymes scheme is as follows:
a. b. c. a. b. c. … d. d. … a. e. a. e. a. e.
Day # 2 – A Chance Under the Misteltoe
Day # 3 – Christmas Alone
Day # 4 – The Forbidden Toy
Day # 5 – A Mother’s Christmas
Day # 6 – The Occasional Invasion
Day # 7 – The Seasonal Trend
Day # 8 – The Nutcracker
Day # 9 – Naughty or Nice
Day # 10 – Something more
Day # 11 – The Nativity
Day # 12 – The Man in Red Silk