’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Isle,
Commerce had ceased to exist for a while.
Stores were all closed, cash put away,
For a brief respite, until Boxing Day.
Bosses had filled workers’ glasses with nog
Alcohol free – can’t go home in a fog.
Even staff at The Record were eager to play,
Considering they were all off ’til Tuesday.
With the newsroom staff, Erin and Scott, both travelling
Terry hopes no breaking news is unravelling.
Sports editor, Coup, will relax with a beer,
With local sports on hold until the new year.
For Peter, for Tracy, for Donna, Rob, Liz,
The break for our sales team, well deserved it is.
(Pardon for sounding like Yoda a bit,
But now more than ever it seems a good fit.)
Terry and Angela, from circulation
Also deserve the deliberation.
Our front office staff, Allison and Karen,
Will surely be with family, laughin’ and sharin’.
Our production team – Deb, Coby, Lenore, Les and Sue,
Asked to pass along season’s greetings to you.
(My apologies to Leslie, for cutting her name,
But as a musician, she understands the game.)
Our publisher Chrissie will likely stay in,
At home, with hubby, Rob, and their daughter, Bryn.
To Rob Castle, for his editorial cartoon blotter,
An endless supply of current event fodder.
We mustn’t forget our own royalty,
To the Duchess of Dirt, no garden pests for thee.
To our resident angler, Mr. Ralph Shaw,
One perfect day fishing; nary a flaw.
And what would any bad Christmas poem be,
Without a few community wishes from me?
To our Mayor Larry Jangula, and his equally fine cast,
Thanks for putting Maple Pool behind us at last.
To Mayor Leslie Baird and the Cumberland crew,
A solution to village sewer issues for you.
In Comox, to Mayor Ives and his council of six,
May you find a satisfactory Robb Avenue fix.
For BC Hydro and the CVRD,
A cure for Comox Lake’s turbidity.
For all the first responders who are working here,
Fewer emergency calls next year.
To the Glacier Kings, our junior B team,
A hockey championship, in 2016.
For the region’s two fitness facilities in town,
A few more treadmills would lessen my frown.
To MusicFest, Filberg and Atmosphere too,
Sold out events for each one of you.
To my wife, Erica, “60 in 60” teammate,
A hope that we never find all that lost weight.
For everyone I missed, I meant no slight;
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
Terry Farrell is the editor at the Comox Valley Record