Haibun Monday: And to all a goodnight


Every sign says it’s going to be a good night. It’s cold outside, the fire is burning, the family gathered around, every seat filled with hips rubbing against the one. We’ve all come great distances to here, the weather and the roads not being conducive this time of year. But we make the effort, we love being together.

Dad sets the tone of the night by entering with a tray of drinks and trips on his grandson’s toy car, the drinks go flying, alcohol showers on us all. There are shrieks of dismay, brothers lunge to save at least their own beer, the wives watch dismayed as their children turn to them in tears, champagne bubbles in their hair, beer suds sliding down their innocent faces the thought of bathing them again slips into each mum’s mind.

Grandma growls threatens to put Grandad out in the snow, grabs a t-towel and throws it at him to get drying and maybe salvage something of the night. Everyone fusses, dries off, youngest sister giggles at her dad flustered by what has happened. She wraps her arms around him, tells him to sit down, its Christmas and stuff happens. She begins to recount the previous year; everyone chuckles as soon they are all laughing remembering.

Mum brings out the charade box and the real fun of our Christmas night begins.


winter brings us home

this Christmas all together

days full of laughter


Written for: https://dversepoets.com/2016/12/12/haibun-monday-and-to-all-a-goodnight/

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17 Responses to Haibun Monday: And to all a goodnight

  1. What a fun memory, Michael. I dad hadn’t tripped, who would remember that special year of family love.

  2. Grace says:

    The most important thing is that all the family members are around, and sharing in the fun and laughter of Christmas ~ A lovely memory to share Michael.

  3. kanzensakura says:

    I like this night a lot! So much love, so very much love in this.

  4. Bodhirose says:

    Poor Grandad! But what fun to retell this Christmas memory year after year. I love the warmth and good cheer among the family members. Very nice, Michael.

  5. frankhubeny says:

    I liked the phrase, “its Christmas and stuff happens”.

  6. MarinaSofia says:

    Where would we be without those mishaps which become funny family legends in the retelling? Utterly charming.

  7. Ha, yes sometimes we need those little mishaps to really appreciate the importance of being together… The little ones drenched in beer suds will stay with me.

  8. Mish says:

    Besides the hilarious image of children crying with beer foam in their hair..I love the colourful image you’ve painted of family, love and laughter. My Christmas consists of 4 or 5 people, so these exciting mishaps are rare. Enjoy!

  9. Lyn says:

    Christmas all together oh what a lovely thought, Michael 🙂

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