Advent Calendar 2018: Day 17

Advent Calendar – Day 17

“The Decemberists” ©️C.P. Hickey 2018

“The Decemberists”

Once upon a December sky,

I made a wish and closed my eyes.

Muted blues and drabbest grays,

Out beyond, beyond.

A lifetime obligation’s breach,

Out beyond horizon’s reach.

I could not go there,

Out beyond, beyond.

Trapped on a rolling road,

World all around exposed.

I could not get there,

Out beyond, beyond.

Decemberists know it best,

Heart pounding beneath the breast,

The journey hearkens those who hide,

Out beyond, beyond.

If you followed me on this journey, here is the path to Advent Calendar Day 16

Advent Calendar 2018: Day 16

Advent Calendar – Day 16

” ‘Twas A Bob Cratchit Kinda Day”

‘Twas a Bob Crachit Kinda Day.

Nose hard to the grindstone.

No tuppence in my pocket.

Hand dampened cold,

Chilling my bones down.

Doing the things I must.

O’hers depen’n onnit.

Christmas wages all but spent.

Peace and hope.

Hope and peace.

I’ve seen a courier.

A scene by Currier and Ives.

Salvation Army Bells.

Silver Bells.

For whom the bell tolls.

Clearly, me.


The Christmas Spirit.

Visiting as needed.

Once, twice, thrice,

And done.

But…nothing changes.

If you fancied this post, check out yesterday’s Advent Calendar Day 15

Advent Calendar 2018: Day 15

Advent Calendar -Day 15

I Stand In Solidarity With Those That Have December Birthdays

Happy Birthday to my kid sister. She is still fresh, full of mischief, and a great all around character. She’s true blue.

I just want to make sure that she knows how special her birthday is to us, even though having a birthday in December can sometimes be tough.

Hope she had a great night last night. Tonight she celebrates by surrounding herself with a group of special kids. May not be as crazy as past birthdays, but sometimes doing understated things on special days creates whole new sets of memories.


The ghost of Ma is out back puffing cigs and doing puzzles, go spahk one up in tribute.

If you like this post, take a peek at Advent Calendar Day 14

Advent Calendar 2018: Day 14

Advent Calendar – Day 14

“Christmas Memories, Christmas Reveries”

Kringle capers,

Crinkling papers,

Clanging choir bells.

Busy streets,

Hanging wreaths,

Roasted chestnut shells.

Jingle bells,

Red pastels,

Frosted windowpanes.

Fire’s glow.

Hot cocoa,

Pulling reindeer reins.

Christmas memories,

Christmas reveries.

Standing under, mistletoe.

Christmas Evening,

Christmas Morning,

Santa always seemed to know.

Season’s greetings,

Family meetings,

Sucking candy canes.

Midnight mass,

Manger grass,

Joining reindeer games.

Christmas Past,

Christmas Present,

Christmas Yet To Come.

Christmas memories,

Christmas reveries,

Thank God, that I have some.

If you liked today’s post, might I suggest taking a look at yesterday’s Advent Calendar Day 13

One of my favorite places, favorite times, and favorite people in the world: Klas Restaurant

Advent Calendar 2018: Day 13

Advent Calendar – Day 13

The Lord Of The Dance Meets The World Champion Hider

A score of years resides between present day, and when the events of this story actually took place. It’s often hard to process memory within the construct of time, as it truly becomes less reliable the further you get from the event.

However, here are the facts; as I remember them:

1. On Christmas Day, 1996, My father and I each received a ticket to see Michael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance.

2. The tickets were a gift from my Uncle Mike and Aunt Donna Hickey.

3. They also had tickets for the event.

4. The event was for April 1997, at the Fleet Center, in Boston.

5. My father and I received the tickets as a split gift, which is to say that they were wrapped individually and given to us separately.

6. We were excited to receive the gift.

7. I took the ticket home from my Uncle’s home, and put it on top of my bureau, for safekeeping.

8. My father took his ticket and put it in a special place so that he would not forget where he put it.

9. Five months later, when the time for the event arrived, my Father could not find the ticket, nor remember the special place he put it so he wouldn’t forget it.

10. I gave my Father my ticket, so he could go.

11. After two moves, we still have never been able to find the ticket.

12. When my Father was incapacitated by a stroke, I surely thought his last words would be that he remembered where he put that ticket.

13. It will remain a mystery.

If you enjoyed this post, please take a peek at yesterday’s Advent Calendar Day 12