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THE HANUKKAH ELF BY SARAH AND DADDY COMEN

Amongst the wonder and Fun
Of the fall school year run
They began their school careers
Sarah's Day Care was done
Harrison's had just begun
They both met a new set of peers

On every Orange Grove wall
Down every Orange Grove Hall
Pumpkins and Turkeys danced
From the beginning of fall
Some fat some tall
Seemed alive at very first glance

The school came alive
with a Holiday High
In every nook and cranny
When Thanksgiving arrived
They would take the train or fly
To visit every Granny and Grammy







Then the December sights
of Christmas Tree Lights
and the Jolly round man in red
Of Sugar Plum Faries
and Mistletoe Berries
Where in almost everything they read

Santas and Reindeers
Pictured far and near
Danced upon their brains
Winter Wonderlands
with Merry Christmas Bands
Gave joy even when It rained

When school began
Afraid of demands
The sights and sounds were soothing
Pumpkins and Leaves
and Sweet Grass Basket weaves
Replaced most of their fear of learning

The two young peop-le knew
That the Christmas Hullabaloo
Wasn't Everybody's season
For some Chanukkah books
and dreddles they shook
Replaced Christmas for some reason


The Christmas Tree
You wouldn't see
Replaced by candles and Menorahs
The Jewish Ways
Were for eight days
of Gelt, Latkas, and Horas


Our Hindu friends
had different blends
of Holiday celebrations
Muslim and Buddhists tend
To have still different trends
To recognize their creation

They seemed to dash
Between the culture clash
Every day and every evening
They wondered aloud
if others would be proud
To add a bit of Christmas seasoning

That night after school
They took writing tools
And started a letter to the Clauses
We were wondering why
When you take to the sky
You couldn’t add a number of pauses

During this season of Miracles
Sung in Jewish and Christian lyricals
Imagine what the season could become
Wouldn’t it be hysterical
It could be almost  metaphysical
If you delivered toys to everyone

Please say Hi to the Elves
Stocking the Shelves
But wouldn’t it be very cool
For every child themselves
If you visited where they dwell
 added to your nice pool

We both were wondering
If you were pondering
Hiring any new Elves
For if you’d consider
We two could deliver
To other kids ourselves

Wishing you a Merry
Christmas  from  Sari
And from Harrison all the best
And to the elves and the fairies
We send kisses and cherries
And we hope you all had enough rest


The letter was sealed
in an envelope and they peeled
a new 44 cent postage stamp
They mailed it for real
Then after the morning meal
headed to school through the drizzly damp.

It went to the North Pole
Through rain, sleet, and snow
the magically landed on his desk
Between the two lists
of Naughty and Bliss
Sat Sari and Harrison's request

That afternoon
They found in their room
The letter from Santa's Headquarters
“MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU TWO
YOUR IDEAS ARE BRAND NEW
PLEASE SPREAD THIS FAIRY DUST IN ALL CORNERS

WE ALL AGREE
YOU BOTH SHOULD BE
INVITED TO ATTEND
OUR PLANNING MEETING
AND HELP IN LEADING
US TO THOSE WHOSE GIFTS WE SHOULD SEND


WE ALL EAGERLY AWAIT YOUR ARRIVAL
TO BEST PREPARE FOR YOUR SURVIVAL
DRESS WARM FOR IT IS LIABLETO BE A SNOWY COLD REVIVAL
PACK WHAT EVER FOOD IS DELICIOUS
WITH BEST WISHES AND CHOCOLATE KISSES

They spread the fairy dust quickly
It felt a bit prickly
As it floated through the air to the ground
And in the blink of an eye
Two Reindeer flew by
One Tall and one very round


The windows in their room
swung open with ba boom
In an instant they were astride
A Reindeer named Zoom
and another named Floom
“Buckle up, it's gonna be a bumpy ride

Over Charleston they flew
Beyond Yonder, Wild and Blue
Past Boston, and Salem, and Montreal
They saw through the Hue
At 90% North guite a view
A multi colored shopping mall


They arrived in Santa Land
Escorted by the Santa Land Band
They went to Santa's workshop
Bunkered by sand
The Reindeer checked in to the Security Stand
Met by Santa's Top Cop

With badges safely pinned
The kids walked right in
And where greeted by Faireies and Elves
“Tell us where you've been”
They said with wide grins
By now they numbered twelve

“Santa Loved your ideas
And we think in coming years
Christmas could become Universal
So all Santa's Dears
With their big pointy ears
Knew this was no rehearsal

Just then it was heard
The hearty words
HO HO HO from the front of the table
as the Elder Elves and the Birds
said “Welcome to Santa's herd
Santa said  “I'm so glad you received my cable


“People of Santa Land
My two new Elves will stand
When we check our lists once and twice
I hope you all understand
Our list this year will expand
So we have increased time checking naughty and nice

There are Christians and Jews
and Buddhists, and Hindus
and Muslims from all over the world
We have increased all our crews
Our Elf and Fairy numbers grew
So Peace on Earth can be unfurled

Sarah and Harrison tried their best
and worked hard with all the rest
Getting names and lists together
From North, South, East and West
Running numerous tests
and keeping an eye on the weather

As the numbers increased
The need for larger seats
in the sleigh became apparent
For the Pet shop Wildebeast
and the cuddly gossamer geese
Wouldn't fit even under a circus tent


As the start time loomed closer
On Ipads, on Roadsters
On Disneyland Mickey and Shreks
On Harry Potter boasters
On hand creams, on coasters
On railroad trains and baseball card decks

Santa jumped into his sleigh
Lights flashing as bells rang away
As four of the Reindeer arrived
Dancer and Prancer looked a bit gray
While Donner and Vixen had to say
That Cupid will in fact drive

“But wasn't Rudolph supposed to lead
Tonight there appears to ber a great need
For his Red Nose as the weather looks frightening
and only a Reindeer of his special breed
could light up the night so Santa could read
the towns and cities that Rudolph would be brightening”

The elves looked around trying to figure
How the sleigh could fly as the weight made it weaker
Where were the other Reindeer right now
The Fairies were growing increasingly eager
and the Head Elf stepped up and took over the speaker
“How will the Sleigh get off the ground?'



Then out of the mist from behind the hill
A magnificent vehicle made the heavens still
A streak of Blue Lightening lit up the sky
A loud AAAOOOGA came from the grill
It's horn was quite shrill
But all of the Elves let out huge sighs

For as it came closer it became clear
That Comet and Blitzen were driving it near.
And Dasher was fastened on the left side
While Mrs St Nicholas handled reins and gears
As the Elves and Fairies stroked their beards
For Mrs. Clause was guiding this ride

“A Sleigh of Blue alongside the Red”
“A most Jolly idea” several Elves said.
The Elves packed both sleights straight to the Heavens.
With gifts for Miriams, Ayeshas and Freds
and Kahns, and Shailas, and number of Eds.
As well as some Sarahs and Devons

Frankie Elf, the Flight Captain wondered aloud
“We need more Reindeer to haul to this crowd”
Santa and Mrs. Claus gave a big laugh
As Mrs. Claus stood up and whistled very loud
And eight more Reindeer came down from the Clouds
Doubling the Reindeer to sixteen from half.


Then Santa turned to Mrs. Claus as Rudolph joined the crew
Attaching himself to the sleigh that was glistening Blue
Santa Mrs. Claus a wink and a nod
and Mrs, Claus stood up and knew what to do.
Once all sixteen Reindeer entered her view
She reached high to the school raising her Christmas Rod

On Comet, on Dasher, on Blitzen, on Hersh
On Ashoka, on Visnu, on Arjuna, on Firth
The Reindeer floated higher on that Christmas Eve
and the blue sleigh arose with a bump and a lurch
Hovering over a Mosque and a Church
and something down after a thump and a weave

Santa arose and repeated the call
“ On Dancer, on Prancer, on Blitzen, on Hersh
on Moshe, on Vixen, on Ali, on Sly,
And in but an instant the sleighs went from a crawl
and kicked up magic dust and dashed away all
Until all that was seen left was a speck in the sky

Off into the Moonlight the two sleighs flew high
Piercing Heaven and spilling Joy and Peace
to all corners of Earth covered by sky
and all anger and hatred started to cease











































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