‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the ops
Patients were requesting last minute spots.
The stockings were hung along the front desk counter
In hopes that elves this way would saunter.
The assistants were nestled all snug in the breakroom
While visions of sugar-free gum in their heads loom.
And I in my scrubs and gloves and mask
Had just settled in to finish my task.
When out in the hall there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the doorway I flew like a flash
Threw open the door and fell with a crash.
The fluorescent lights shone, the tiles all aglow
Giving a luster of bleached teeth whiter than snow.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a delivery of treats from colleagues far and near.
I picked myself up and brushed off my shame
And to my staff I called by name.
Oh Mary Kaye and Margaret and Irene, too
Richard and Lindsay and Matthew… yoo hoo!
Holley and Chelssey please come and look
At all the treats that were left for our little nook.
‘Tis the season to give, ‘tis the season to share
Let’s show our gratitude to folks everywhere.
And then in a twinkling I heard sounds of glee
As the staff began to plot a giving spree.
And I knew in my heart that very good things
Were going to be happening.
Let’s bring these treats to those who have less.
Let’s bring goodwill and glad tidings to reduce stress
Of neighbors and friends who may be in need.
And I know in my heart it will be a very good Christmas indeed.
We gathered together to spread good cheer.
And in the distance, faint to the ear,
Were words from our staff heard through the night.
Merry Christmas to all and to all… smiles bright!
Claudia Anderson, DDS