Christmas Sale

by Kenn Nesbitt and Linda Knaus
Here I am on Christmas day—
I’m glad at last it came,
but Christmas gifts from Mom and Dad
are often pretty lame.

It’s all because my parents
won’t buy gifts till they’re on sale,
so this year I got Easter candy,
even though it’s stale.

They saved a lot by buying stuff
the stores might throw away,
like all these shamrock-covered hats
from last St. Patrick’s Day.

They also gave me valentines,
a Halloween mask, too,
and from the end-of-summer sale,
a charcoal barbecue.

I got a beach umbrella
to protect me from the sun.
It’s ten degrees below outside;
just how can that be fun?

So, Mom and Dad, please understand
I’m saving money, too.
Next Christmas don’t be too surprised
when these come back to you.

Text © Kenn Nesbitt and Linda Knaus, reprinted from Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Mike and Carl Gordon. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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