It may seem too early to do this;
For so many years I've been through this;
I'm trimming the mantles, decking the halls,
and prepping for Christmas, but NOT at the malls!
I was young when I gave up the malls
Where bah-humbug careens from the walls;
Shop-through-the-mail is my mantra,
And I let UPS be my Santa!
R.A.T. (Rose About Town) still loves these holidays; do you? (Answers accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org)