Another Visit from St. What’s-his-Name

ADD and Christmas Too
“Reprint” of something wonderful from years ago

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

One of my FAVORITE Presents

I want to give you just a bit of back-story before I share one of the most clever of the versions of the rewriting of the Clement Moore original — ESPECIALLY for ADDers, ADD Coaches and anyone struggling with Executive Functioning challenges and oopses!

Janine Baker, one of my long-time best friends, is one of the most fabulously creative people I know. Although she does not have ADD herself, she GETS it, “thanks” to an up-close-and-personal relationship with me (and the fact that she was an early graduate of my ADD Coach Training)!

She also gives some of the very best presents. So when I tell you that this poem she wrote many years ago for my first website is among my very favorite presents EVER, understand that it has some stiff competition.

She gifted me the copyright along with the poem, so I own all rights to it.

If you share it (and I hope you WILL), you must provide a link back to this post and credit both the Optimal Functioning Institute™ and the author.  (It is slated for inclusion in an upcoming ADD Anthology, so don’t drop out “ownership” and link or things might get legal, okay?)

A Visit From St. What’s His Name

by Janine Baker for
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie and
The Optimal Functioning Institute™

T’was the night before Christmas
And all through the place
Not an item was finished
(”Twas a state of disgrace.)

The stockings were strewn
In a mess on the chair.
The dog ate the sugarplums
Batteries?? Where!!!!

“We’ve less than four hours!”
My wife said in fright. ”
All my plans turned to chaos,
And the tree, it’s a sight!!”

I said “I’m not worried,”
(OK so I lied)
But the job falls to me here
To take things in stride

When my wife’s ADD
Hits its peak in December.
But this was the worst
Christmas Eve I remember.

I brewed her some coffee
And prayed for success:
That the kids might awaken
To more than this mess.

For nothing was wrapped
(and a few gifts were lost!)
“I SWEAR that I bought them
Before the first frost!”

“Let’s focus on these.”
(I took things in hand)
But she cried as she told me,
“You don’t understand.”

So we had a quick fight
As the clock kept on ticking.
Then she noticed
the flock on the tree wasn’t sticking.

Before I could stop her
She got out the glue
And each branch,
one by one,
She was flocking anew.

As distraction was winning,
My mind was a fog,
Something fell down our chimney
KERPLUNK on a log.

My wife in the kitchen,
I leaned on a shelf
and reached for my heart.
It was Santa himself!

Amazement aside,
I got down on my knees.
“My dear ol’ St. Nicholas,
Help us! Oh, please!!”

“We’ve two little children
Asleep in their beds,
And we’re in (as you see here)
Way over our heads.”

“Cause my wife got distracted,
Then I got confused,
And then she got upset . . .”
Santa looked quite amused.

Then he glanced all around
With a loud “HO, HO, HO!
It’s Christmas, young man!”
And I said “YES!! I KNOW!!!”

“Please help us with wrapping!!
And finding lost toys!
The tree is so crooked!
My poor little boys…”

Then he put up his finger
To ask me to shoosh,
While I prayed he would fix things
In one magic whoosh.

But instead he ate cookies
And sat on the floor.
Then he beckoned my wife
Who stood stunned by the door.

“Oh, good people,” he started,
“I do understand.
But you’re fretting for nothing.”
He raised up his hand.

“This is it!” I rejoiced.
“He’ll wave up some spells . . .”
As he reached for the coffee
The clock chimed three bells.

Then my wife really lost it,
“On Rudolph’s life, PLEASE!
DO something, Santa!”
(I squirmed with unease.)

“I’ll tell ya’ a secret,”
He said with a grin.
“Things need not be perfect
When day rushes in.”

“Christmas is sharing
From just who ya’ are.
If the tree top is crooked
You still see the star.”

“If the eggnog is runny
Just laugh and enjoy
So the wrapping is wrinkled
the box holds a toy!”

“Your children, they know this.
They trust they’ll have fun —
If you’ll laugh and LET ’em
When up comes the sun.”

I thought he made sense
But my wife still looked blue.
“I bet you’d say else
If it happened to you!”

“Oh, yeah?” Santa asked,
“My dearest, not true.
I’ll tell you a secret . . .
I’m ADD too!

She gasped and was silent
Sat frozen as ice.
“Why else did ya’ think
That I check my list TWICE?!”

“My original plan,
When I first had this thought
Was to send through the MAIL
All the presents I’d BOUGHT!”

“But whatever it took,
We got the job done,
And created some systems
That really were fun!”

“Mrs. Claus hired elves
To pick up my slack,
And we all hyperfocused
To pack up my sack.”

“I took off in a sleigh
I was clueless to land,
And that chimney-slide thing?
You can’t think THAT was planned!”

“I had thousands of keys
To fit every door
But I left the darn key ring
At home on the floor.”

“We were so well-received
That we kept the thing going.
I stayed the Creative,
While elves did the sewing,

And building and pasting
And tagging and tacking. . .
And painting and tasting
And wrapping and packing!”

“You might not have gotten
Exactly the toy
You may have requested
When you were a boy.”

“The LIST, it was my job
(Admin’s not my thing!)
So I sneaked in some extra’s
I thought I should bring.”

“So Christmas ain’t perfect,
And neither are we.”
He smiled as I gazed at
Our lop-sided tree.

The room now seemed different
(Though still quite the mess)
A nap sounded tempting
I have to confess.

So we threw in the towel
As we shook Santa’s hand.
We had wearily learned
What the kids understand.

As we climbed up the stairs
For a well deserved rest,
Brushing flock from our clothes
And expecting the best

We heard Rudolph exclaim,
As they rode out of sight,
“Santa’s map’s upside down
C’mon Reindeer, turn RIGHT!!”

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Tiny Santa with star courtesy of Phillip Martin, artist/educator
and, of course, Clement Clarke Moore for the original inspiration: The Night Before Christmas

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

27 Responses to Another Visit from St. What’s-his-Name

  1. purpleslob says:

    Aha!! So, that’s my problem!! i never realized I was ADD before!! But that all sounds exactly like me, fer sure!
    You all better yet??

    Liked by 1 person

  2. dgkaye says:

    How perfect this poem is, many can relate. Merry Christmas my friend. And I hope you’re better soon. ❤ xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  3. paulandruss says:

    So Clever, so Funny. so True!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Yep! I turn out all the lights but those on the trees, light a few candles, put on some Christmas Jazz – and move the mess to the corners of the room – LOL. Happy Holidays, my dear friend.

      Liked by 2 people

      • paulandruss says:

        And have a lovely warm and relaxing time over the festive season Madelyn. It has been lovely developing a friendship these past months. Love Paul X


  4. Clive says:

    A wonderful poem! I really enjoyed it, many thanks for sharing it xx

    Liked by 2 people

    • Thanks, Clive. I hope you are enjoying your holidays so far.


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  6. ronbrownx says:

    I love this Madelyn! Thanks for sharing. Thanks for all of the wonderful words of encouragement you extended to me. You’re the greatest!

    Liked by 2 people

    • You deserve every single one! Your story is absolutely WONDERFUL – on many levels. Glad you enjoyed the ADD St. Nick.

      Liked by 2 people

  7. Bernadette says:

    Oh, this is the very best. It is exactly all the ADHD behavior and it is marvelous that Santa is ADHD. Although they say if you want a job done give to a an ADHD person on a mission.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Yeah, that hyperfocus can be extremely useful at times – ONCE we get interested, of course. I’m so glad you found time to read it.

      I did check out your Seniors Salon, and hopped around the documentation. Interesting format, and new to me, so thanks again for the intro.

      I left a comment on the blog of one of the participants (Soulgifts – who’s already paid a return visit and left a comment about the videos in Tink’s post, The REAL Christmas Elves).

      I’m hoping to find time to write something especially FOR seniors (who may or may not be diagnostic), but I’ll post a link to *something* next Wednesday, in any case (if the crik don’t rise, as they say!).

      Liked by 2 people

      • Bernadette says:

        I will look forward to it.

        Liked by 1 person

        • How sweet of you to say.


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  10. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Cute poem, huh? It makes me laugh every year. Thanks for sharing it!

      Liked by 2 people

      • Very cute!

        Liked by 1 person

  11. Patricia says:

    Great Poem!!

    Liked by 2 people

    • It makes me laugh every single year – almost as if I’d never read it before. Glad you enjoyed it – and thanks for letting me know you did.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Sue Vincent says:

    What a great poem 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Thanks, Sue. My students get a few of the private jokes imbedded (“admin’s not my thing” etc), but I think it’s still pretty clever to anyone who’s ever faced Executive Functioning challenges in themselves or a loved one. Especially at Christmas!

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. (tell Ani that Tink has a cute, pet-focused Christmas article coming up with links to a couple of her Advent posts).


      • Sue Vincent says:

        Yes, I can understand the EF challenges… especially at this time of year.
        Ani says to say thank you to Tink 😉 xx

        Liked by 1 person

        • lol – I’ll let it be a surprise once it posts – 2 videos that are sure to make the dog lovers chuckle.


          • Sue Vincent says:

            I’ll look forward to it 🙂 xxx

            Liked by 1 person

            • Thanks. Since this is a busy time already, I’m concentrating on quickies. Last year I barely posted, and it felt “off.”

              Wish I were facile with haiku — but I could probably write a chapter or two of a novel in the time it would take me to come up with something as eloquent as ANY of yours.


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