A Very Covid-Free Christmas

I recently wrote this poem…Hoping to make some light of the past year and ring in good cheer! And it ended up being published in the Tampa Bay Times this past Sunday. I hope it makes you laugh…just make sure you’re covering that with a mask😷🤣

A Very Covid-Free Christmas 

Written and illustrated by Ashley Ondrick

Adapted from A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore

‘Twas the night before Christmas, And all through the house not a creature was maskless, not even a mouse

The sourdough starter was being fed with care in hopes that the perfect loaf soon would be there

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, with visions of TikTok swirling in their heads

And Momma at her computer, reviewing our earnings, 

While I tried to swallowed another year of virtual learning, 

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my zoom call to see what was the matter

Away to the window I flew like a flash

First putting on pants, even tying the sash

The outside world looked oh so enticing, after nine months of quarantine had been nothing but dicey

When what to my wondering eyes did appear,

But a miniature sleigh and eight socially distanced rein-deer,

With a white-bearded driver dressed in full PPE,

I knew in a moment that he must be Covid-free

They posed for a selfie holding their phone with a stick, 

This quarantine pod had grown pretty thick

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!

Wash your hooves, scrub them well,

Now wash away! Wash away! Wash away all!”

Sparkling clean and brimming with gear,

They jetted up the rooftop to ring in good cheer

The sleigh was filled with Clorox wipes and paper towels,

Sanitizer, toilet paper and all-purpose flour!

Then old Saint Nick, not wasting any time, shouted, “Gotta make this quick, 

I’m also a driver for Amazon Prime!”

He sprang to his sleigh, gathering his crew,

And with one last spritz of Purel, away they all flew

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—

“A very Covid-free Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

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  1. Oh!!! Oh Ashley, this is amazing, epic, soooo WONderful!! I have to share it with friends. Thank you for the joy you’re bringing, even in this season of pain and uncertainty.

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