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This week's first line was supplied by Laura Holloway in the US.

The season for spending is here

THE BEST OF THE WEEK

"The season for spending is here",
The Christmas ghost said with a leer.
"Dig deep Ebeneezer
You skinflint old geezer."
Then what did he do? Disappear!
Hedley Russell, England

The season for spending is near;
Ask any retail racketeer!
With tinsel and lights
They will try to entice
You to part with your hard-earned cash HERE!
O.G.Nash, Doha, Qatar

The season for spending is here
Just watch all your cash disappear
Your budget's elastic
Thank goodness for plastic
But the pain will be drastic, next year
Dave Mackay, Edinburgh

The season of spending is here
The miser he thought with a sneer
I find it so trying
To do this gift buying While keeping a cheerful veneer!

Aparna Ray, Calcutta, India

The season for spending is here
And cynical poets appear
Who pen gloomy verse
About Christmas they curse
Well sod them! I love it; Good cheer.
David Risley, London UK

The season for spending is here
St Nick's getting out his reindeer.
I won't go around hugging -
I'll be "bah-humbugging"
And grateful it's just once a year.
Mike, London, England

The season for spending is here
And Santa is donning his gear
And loading his sleigh
Hoping Rudolph won't say
I'm not going, it looks like rain, dear.
madmarce, UK

The season for spending is here
It's half off and welcome my dear
To our Christmas heaven
Where twenty-four seven Just buy it and we'll look sincere
Candace, New Jersey, US

The season for spending is here
My feeling, though Scrooge-like, is clear
"Giving" presents I find
Is an unwilling bind
But "receiving" is "avec plaisir"!
Susan, Oswaldtwistle,England

The season for spending is here,
I find it a pain in the rear.
The shops make a mint
While I'm just left skint
No wonder I feel like a beer.
Matt, UK

The season for spending is here
But I'll stay at home and just jeer.
I'm a real Scrooge, you see.
You'll get nowt out of me.
Christmas? Humbug! The very idea!
Don Manley, Oxford, uK

"The season for spending is here"
Said Gasper in Balthazar's ear:
"Gold, frankincense, myrrh
for the young connoisseur -
The shepherds are bringing the beer."
Gus, UK

The season for spending is here
The credit card statement is near
To beat the big dash
There's no need for cash
Do internet shopping this year!
Sarah H, Wales

The season for spending is here.
"Bah! Humbug!" we don't want to hear!
Crack the port, cook the pheasants,
Unwrap all the presents,
And let's have a Season of Cheer!
Hedley Russell, England

The season for spending is here,
We're supposed to endure with good cheer,
But with Wizzard and Slade
Being endlessly played,
I just cannot wait for New Year!
Steve, Kernow, UK

The season of spending is here
Your credit card statements bring fear
You spend all your cash
On toys that are flash
Then your kids throw them out in New Year
Sara L, uk

The season for spending is here
I pray no repeat of last year
When my Bank's curt email
Left me shaken and pale
"Your account's got terminal Diarrhoea"!!
Derek Behan, Blackburn,Lancs


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