Christmas Cheers

They placed the presents

carefully wrapped 

in bright paper

beneath the evergreen branches

decorated with shiny baubles.

All was ready now

in this house,

the last house

for Santa

for another year.

He raised his glass of sherry

and toasted his hard working elves

whilst the reindeers waited impatiently

nibbling the undecorated branches outside.

No one noticed the shadows they cast.


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