'Tis a month before Christmas and all thru the states,
Commercials are blaring from every TV in the place,

It's only Thanksgiving, give or take a day or so,
The ads keep getting earlier, yet where are we to go?

Soon it will be Halloween, when first they beat the gong,
I guess we should be thankful that they waited this long,

I too make selections before the Christmas rush,
Buy my presents early to avoid the season's crush,

My shopping's done while Christmas is still many months away,
The cabbage patch dolls still look as if I bought them yesterday.

                                                       by D. Edgar Murray