The RedHots: December in Rhyme

Welcome to the December edition of The Redhots!

Jess and I are the RedHots –  a team of RedHot women who interview, review and report the HOTTEST news!


Er, but we’re not to so REDHOT this month. We’ve been bit by the holiday bug! And not in a good way.


So, since I’m not so “redhot” this month…I’m more pink-ish.

Yes, my declaration that I would no longer live by numbers but by colors instead, specifically PINK this year, fits quite well.

In other words, I’m a pale version of a REDHOT this month.

During this crazy month, I’ve been absent from my usual virtual hang-outs. The plan was to enjoy a relaxing holiday season. Instead, December became:

The Richards’ Crazy Holiday

Gift baskets to assemble and toys to buy,

Wrapping and baking and card writing – oh my!

Birthdays galore, ear infections, and flu.

Don’t forget the dreaded ‘pink’ eye, boo-hoo!


Out-of-town family and turkey that’s brined,

Too much sugar and not enough time.

Traveling in snowstorms, skidding left and right,

Kids in the backseat screaming with delight.


Grandma’s in the front seat about to lose her mind!


Home safe and sound in weather so foul,

Cats greet us with a long soulful yowl.

The grandkids are tucked away safe in their beds,

While thoughts of escaping to a deserted island dance in the grandparent’s heads.


No gadgets, no noise, no kids, no toys,

Nah! We’d miss our girls and boys!


As crazy, stressful or noisy a holiday month can be, we wouldn’t give it up for all the quiet in the world! However, we are tempted to spend the rest of the year on an island – technology-free  – where the only sounds  are of the waves hitting the beach and the slurping of our tropical cocktails!

So you’ve heard my tale of the Christmas Holiday. You can read Jess’ here!

Now it’s your turn! Tell us YOUR holiday story! We’d love to hear how your December evolved–say it in a poem, a song or a riddle! Any way you want it! Thanks for sharing ’cause now we don’t feel so alone in our craziness!




  1. Diana Douglas  December 29, 2012

    Our Christmas was awesome. Feel better!

  2. Patricia Sands  December 29, 2012

    ‘Twas four days after Christmas
    And all through the house
    Not a creature was stirring
    Not even a mouse
    Ahhhhhhhhh! Peace after all that joyful chaos!

    I hope you are back to feeling REDHOT soon so you can rock in the new year!
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    • Marcia Richards  December 29, 2012

      Love it, Patricia!! Couldn’t have said it better! I have one more day of grandchildren, then comes my peaceful household and a rockin’ Redhot new year! Thanks for the good wishes!
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  3. Inion N. Mathair  December 29, 2012

    Excellent post Marcia, and a poem no less! Loved it, had me laughing the entire time because it is so true. Our holidays are summed up in one word. Chaos! But love them anyway. Happy Holidays and hope that you feel better soon!
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  4. Jess Witkins  December 28, 2012

    Of course we would both get the flu! We redheads just party too hard! LOL.

    I love your Christmas story, Marcia! And your photo! That’s exactly what Joe and I were envisioning on our drive home too. A beach! We’re thinking next Christmas, we won’t exchange presents, but take a little getaway instead after the holidays. Doesn’t that sound like heaven? But, I’m totally with you. I adore the time spent with my family. Especially the kiddos. I saw my littlest niece dance and sing and tell jokes. Got hugs from my nephew. And snuggled in bed with my oldest niece while she showed me her pinterest page. LOL. I don’t even have a pinterest page! Hahaha.
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    • Marcia Richards  December 29, 2012

      Oh, that’s a great idea, Jess! I’d love to plan a getaway like that myself! Yes, the family thing is tons of fun and I hate to be away from the grandkids too long. I’m afraid of missing too much of their growing years. Yet, I’m so thankful for the peace and quiet of our house afterward.
      Good memories in the making with your nieces and nephew! Make sure they get to know you as a person and not just Aunt Jess. It will keep you all closer.
      Hope you’re feeling okay now.I’m pretty much better, too. We’re partners in projects; why not in flu season, too? LOL
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  5. Donna@Gardens Eye View  December 28, 2012

    You can see mine in my Giving post from 12/24 and my New Year’s Eve post…hope you are feeling better soon…had some nasty viruses here too so we became hermits this holiday season!!
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    • Marcia Richards  December 29, 2012

      Oh, that was wonderful, Donna! I love the Dalai Lama and his teachings. Lead by example is what I try to keep in mind. It keeps my own behaviors on track. I’m feeling better and hope you are, too, my friend!
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  6. Renee Schuls-Jacobson  December 28, 2012

    I can’t Believe that you and Jess were both able to write about your December shenanigans in rhyme. Wowsers.

    My December was chillin’
    My latkes were fillin’
    Hanukkah was bright
    Christmas, a delight
    With friends we did dine
    On duck so divine.
    The snow arrived, so white
    But I was not uptight
    Because I was blessed to be
    In Florida with my family.

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