2021 Holiday Poem

‘Twas the holiday season and one that’s far different
As we try to stay positive and not be ambivalent
There’s been some bad stuff, but a lot of good too
With hopes for better times beginning to shine through.

Folks were keeping safe at work and in homes
Trying to stay happy despite all the unknowns.
And I working hard in my makeshift home office
Was looking for clues as to what this year might have taught us

When outside my window I heard such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
I pulled up the blinds and lifted the window
Then leaned my head out to see what was below.

The light from the moon and neighbor’s decor
Cast a glow o’er the yard like I’d not seen before.
When what, in amazement, did these lights finally show,
But a rather large man, face down in the snow.

All I could see were the red clothes that he wore,
And it looked just like Santa, though I couldn’t be sure.
I ran quickly down to help, since he seemed so distraught,
But there was more going on than what I first thought.

As I helped him get up, I heard from my roof
The scraping and banging of numerous hoof.
I looked and saw reindeer, but not the usual eight
And as I hoisted him up, he said, “Man, we’re so late”.

“I’m down to five reindeer and two are the backups
Which is leading to more than just a few crack ups.”
I asked what had happened, why the reindeer depletion
And was it keeping him from his delivery completion.

“It’s sure slowing me down”, he said, “but that’s not the worst,
Everything’s been going wrong; it’s as if we are cursed.
First the reindeer got sick, then my sleigh lost some magic
And I keep falling off roofs, it’s really quite tragic.”

He went on to explain trouble with his ion shield,
Charged particles held together by a magnetic field.
He said it protects him from the heat on his flight
And without it he’d be just a fireball in the night

Then there was the drop in repulsive energy he’s using
Which compensates for gravity so he can keep cruising.
I was saddened to see him so dejected and down
And I’d never seen Santa’s face wearing a frown.

I pretended to understand though I was really quite lost,
But I knew I had to help him no matter the cost.
I assured him there was no curse and things would improve
He just needed some help getting back into his groove.

So I thought and I thought what it was I could do
I had no experience with this nor did anyone I knew.
Then I suddenly realized and became quite ecstatic
The answer was what Santa said, it was all about magic.

 I said, “Remember who you are and what you symbolize
If you think long and hard I know you’ll realize
That the solution you seek is not some radical cure
It’s something more subtle and something more pure.

What drives you each Christmas and us through the year
Is the magic around us daily in all we see and hear.
It’s the love that we share, the laugh of a child.
he closeness of friends and the warmth of a smile.

It’s the kindness of strangers, the beauty of nature
That fills our souls knowing we’re part of something greater.
This then creates the magic we all need for your fuel
And makes everything right on this and every yule.

Santa then glowed with Christmas spirit and knew all was fine
His status back in intact with everything working in time.
He said, “I can’t thank you enough for the help and understanding
And patiently listening and my problem comprehending.”

So I got out my ladder but he just flew up to the roof
If I had any doubts he was fine that was my proof.
His ion shield began to shimmer, his repulsive energy sped
And the reindeer became focused on the journey ahead.

He said, “This Christmas day and every day after
Cherish the good times, the smiles and the laughter.
Make each moment count, don’t let things go unsaid
And may happiness be yours on the road yet ahead.”

Then he jerked on the reigns and the sleigh it did soar.
And I felt optimistic for what the future had in store.
Then he said with a laugh as he flew out of sight
“Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.”

Mike MacPherson
President and CEO
Freedom Federal Credit Union

2019 Holiday Poem

‘Twas the holiday season, two zero one nine

And the year has been good, we’re all feeling fine.

There’s been a lot of good stuff and mostly success

Though there was, to be sure, the occasional stress.


So we all at Freedom just keep rolling along

Serving our community, making sure we stay strong.

And I my office with scented candles all glowing

Was thinking of ways for us to keep growing.


When out in the lobby I heard a sounded like crying

I jumped from my chair and out my door I went flying.

I raced down the hall then swiftly downstairs

In order to see what caused the commotion down there.


And what, to my shock, did come into sight

But a man all in red, his face pale with fright.

His clothes were all tattered and wet from the snow

I could tell it was Santa despite his voice full of woe.


I asked what was wrong, what brought him to this state.

He said, “My reindeer won’t fly right.  Christmas could be late.

You see I think something went wrong with their magical feed.

Now they only fly backwards or upside down at odd speed.”


“It seems the elves special eggnog got into their hay

Now nothing I do will keep them from going astray.

I’ve talked to the vet who has some sure fix medication,

But the ingredients are expensive for such a libation.”


“The kind of money it requires is quite monumental

And insurance won’t cover something so experimental.

Sure, I could travel by truck, train and plane

But the logistics of that would be simply insane.”


“Besides, there’s an expectation of sleigh bells and my reputation

Not having my reindeer would create too much frustration.”

I said, “Santa, don’t worry.  You’ve come to the right place.

“Our Anything Loan will do the trick and help you save face.”


“We can get you the funds for this and anything you please

With the very best of terms that will put your mind at ease.

“But Santa”, I said, “the money in question might not be needed

For there’s some advice I can give that should really be heeded.”


I said, “While it may not have been reindeer with the ability to fly

I’ve seen similar experiences that just might apply.

People that were afflicted in much the same way

When the special eggnog came out around the holiday.”


I know of an old remedy that should do the trick

So, I started concocting a potion for dear old St Nick.

A pinch of this, a dash of that and Pepto a plenty,

A little hair of the dog to help it go down more gently.


Santa sighed with relief knowing everything would be fine

His status intact and reindeer good as new just in time.

He said, “I can’t thank you enough for your help and understanding

For patiently listening and my problem comprehending.”


“Whether it was help with a loan or the right piece of advice

I knew Freedom was the place to provide all that would suffice.”

You came through like always as you do for all your members

And showed Freedom doesn’t think of me as just a number.”


Once all the reindeer were cured and he was ready to fly

Santa boarded his sleigh with a tear in his eye.

I thought he was crying, but soon realized I was wrong.

Because I forgot about the side effects that could be quite strong.


Before he took off, he wrapped his scarf ‘round his face tight

And looked at me wryly as he started on his flight.

He said, “I am happy, it’s true, there’s no need to assume

But you could have warned me about these horrible fumes.”


We both laughed out loud and my shoulders I shrugged

But I guess this is what happens when reindeer get drugged.

Then I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight

“Happy Christmas…WHEW!…to all and…GEEZ PRANCER!..to all a…AWWW C’MON!!!!!!…good night!

Mike MacPherson
President and CEO
Freedom Federal Credit Union