And now, for something slightly different, a parody of a well known Christmas poem in the Style of my “married in Japan” email list

(by Charmaine Minami)

The Night Before Christmas on MIJ.

`Twas the night before Christmas,and all through the house

The only sound to be heard,was the click of a mouse.

My old stockings were hung by the chimney with care

In hopes that DH would buy a new pair.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds

While Pokemon and Barbie danced in their heads;

And DH at the kotatsu,myself at the screen,

Had just settled down for a quiet Christmas E`en.

So,I clicked on MIJ for a bit of a natter,

But the chat room was empty,oh well,didn`t matter.

Away to my digests I flew like a flash,

I`d fallen behind in the pre-Christmas rush.

I read through the messages,poured out a wine,

Popped back again to try chatting on-line.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But eight of my MIJ sisters so dear!

I was truly excited,you all made my day,

And I knew in a moment why I joined MIJ.

With rants,jokes and problems and queries they came,

A great group of women I all knew by name.

“Now Karen! now,Quenby! now Jodie and Susan!

On,Carol! on,Cindy! on,Dana and Kirsten!

Is everyone here? So let`s have a ball!

Chat away! Chat away! Chat away all! ”

We chatted for hours,oh doesn`t time fly,

When you`re having fun? I laugh till I cry.

DH calls “There`s a man in red ,come take a peek!”

“Tell him I`m busy, to come back next week!

And then in a twinkling I heard a small cough

“Isn`t it time to switch that thing off?”

As I clicked off the computer and was turning around,

A small present from DH was there to be found.

He spoke not a word as I opened the gift,

And tried on the stockings,and then oh so swift,

Placing his hands either side of my face

He gave me a kiss and a loving embrace.

We sprang to the bed,and turned out the light,

And after a bit of a cuddle that cold night

I was heard to exclaim,” I`m so glad your my man!

And I`m very,very happy to be MARRIED IN JAPAN!!!”