Christmas Tradition

As uninvited squatters
in what is not our native land
we make our own tradition,
exciting the suspicion
of foodie French firemen,
and postmen, and bandsmen
and ancient combattants,
who think we need updating.
We offer them mince pies,
when they call for a donation
in exchange for a calendar
and another and another and another.


I couldn’t resist bringing together a French and English Christmas tradition for Walt and Marie Elena’s prompt at


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6 Responses to Christmas Tradition

  1. kate58 says:

    I’ve done this every year….merge my American traditions with the Scottish ones. My Scottish partner & his family & my mates & neighbours love it! 🙂


  2. Dick says:

    English cuisine to the French definitely needs celebration in a poem, Viv!


  3. granny1947 says:

    I am glad I am at work all day…Mex can handle all the donations…don’t think they will have any luck with him,though.


  4. earlybird says:

    I don’t mind giving Christmas ‘boxes’ to the firemen and the post man in exchange for their calendars but I ALREADY pay for the dustmen to empty all the communal bins. grrrrrrrr!


  5. Tilly Bud says:

    One of the joys of living in another land is absorbing their traditions into your own. I believe the early Christians did it with pagan Britain, hence our very British Christmases.


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