Christmas Eve In Woodstock

Christmas Eve in Woodstock

It is Christmas Eve in Woodstock
Santa is coming to our little town
snuggled at the edge of Overlook Mountain.

For over 90 years, he has arrived in a different mode
always with pomp and circumstance
and child-like anticipation
rock band playing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

(Hell, you’re in Woodstock. Of course it’s a rock band.)

These carefully guarded secrets of
who is Santa, what tactic will be used,
float in rumor ruminations
weeks before his arrival.

I am reminded of those nights
when my little boy sat on my shoulders
just to catch a glimpse of Santa
and patiently waited on line
to receive the precious holiday stocking
filled with fruit and candy.

Then, like all good Jews,
we went home for Chinese Food
and the all day marathon
at the Movie Theater on Christmas Day.

Dennis Wayne Bressack
Woodstock, New York
December 25, 2017