Strange Critters from the North

As if our strange great southern land
Was scarce of critters that are in no way bland
With roos and echidnas and platypi galore
Wallabies and quokkas sniffing at the door
It seems that December is a time to import
Additional life forms of a festive sort.

“Elf on a shelf” has been around for a while
Growing in number, and adding new style
And renditions of Santa from overseas lands
Create warm fuzzies as they offer glad hands.
But the elf whatever his shape or size
Has a new rival that evokes our surprise!

Yes, “Caesar in a freezer” has become quite topical
An appropriate visitor for our climate so tropical
A sophisticated Roman with lots of class
Lifts the lid on the freezer, as bold as brass
Is he inviting us in to escape the heat?
Or pondering egress for a meet and greet?

The season of Advent is full of attraction
There are plenty of novelties to provoke distraction
The themes of hope and peace and joy
Point to a love that nought can destroy.
The climax occurs with the Incarnation
And this is the cause of our true celebration.

Elves and caesars and critters all
Gather at Bethlehem’s animal stall
There to gaze in wonder and thrall
At the Creator’s answer to our deepest call.



Published by wonderingpilgrim

Not really retired but reshaped and reshaping. Now a pilgrim at large ready to engage with what each day brings.

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