The Substitute Santa

Merry Christmas, everyone!

The Substitute Santa

Originally written November 17, 2020

When Santa Claus is sick, what do you do?
Poor Mrs. Claus was busy taking care
Of him, and all the elves were out sick too.
They couldn’t find a helper anywhere.
Eventually, they called the Krampus in.
Kris Kringle said, “Now promise to be nice.”
The Krampus snorted, “Me, be nice? Since when?”
Kids are all jerks. My meanness will suffice.”
He looked over the lists. “Timmy was cruel,
And Suzy stole her sister’s baby doll.
And Michael—see how often he skipped school?
This year, I think I’ll just punish them all.”
The Krampus handled Christmas with a curse,
Confirming 2020 as the worst.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

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