Elves spend their days shifting gifts,
while children make Christmas lists,
mums and dads send the lists to Santa,
which really means, to Nanna and Grandpa!
At the shops we share a look,
what’s ‘Leap TV?’ what’s ‘Goldie Blox’?
‘Oh, the kids today,’ we fondly say,
and digging deep we pay…and pay…
Even savvy parents’ reach for instructions,
as Furby interacts with all the platforms,
a ‘KidiZoom Smart Watch’ is a must
while ‘Xeno Ultra’ is…monst(er)rous!
Bewilderment at essential presents
bought to ensure their Christmas enjoyment.
‘Ice Skating Elsa and Anna’
a chopper ‘with Gyroscopic Control’
alongside ‘Fall Apart Olaf’
‘Twist Plus Camera,’ and ‘Multi Sport Goal’.
‘My Friend Cayla’ will chat away, if you ‘download app,
connect via Bluetooth, and play.’
We sigh, things were simpler in days gone by
–we had a good time, didn’t have to try–
a music box, a globe and books, many books,
these were the things that for us it took:
a record player, 45s, 78s,
a rare chance to stay up a bit late,
tasty toffees, sugar mice,
foil-wrapped money and other things nice,
a roaring fire and a laden tree,
Christmases past for you and for me…
Back to today’s toys…
the elves don’t delay,
they get toys stacked on Santa’s sleigh
then reindeers carry them away
to flush-faced sleepless girls and boys
who’ve left carrots and water,
sherry, mince pies.
Which really means…
Nanna wraps and Grandpa writes
right through the day and into the night
we furtively deliver things of delight
–on Christmas day we look a fright–
too much sherry, too many mince pies,
but the kids will have the time of their lives
and just for a change, we’re organised,
we’ve got batteries and connectors for all of the toys!
Polly Stretton © 2014