T’was the night after Thanksgiving, when all through the town,
Black Friday was happening and spirits were down.
No stockings, or Santa or season’s joy could be found.
No people were singing, not one single sound.
Mama and I were shopping for plastic from gosh-who-knows-where,
at crowded mall stores with workers too busy to care.
We looked at each other and exclaimed with a tear,
“Are we going to start the holidays like this every year?”
When out in Shelby Township, at their most historic site,
Christmas spirit was rousing both Friday & Saturday night.
We hurried on over to the Packard Proving Grounds,
where a horse-drawn wagon made lighted tunnel rounds.
There Santa spent time with each child, whether naughty or nice.
Mrs. Claus helped them make goodies, if not right first, then twice.
The courtyard was filled with roasting treats, music, and more.
Although chilly outside, it was not far from the door.
Shoppers were inside buying gifts made of cloth, stone and wood,
made by friendly Michiganders they knew, or at least should.
Lights lit up the outdoors, both high and low.
They even danced to music in a holiday lights show.
We headed home with warm feelings of Christmas cheer,
with unique gifts and plans to return the next year.
We loaded happy kids and a beautiful Christmas tree,
Mama gleefully exclaimed, “that’s how the holidays should be!”
If you get a chance, leave Black Friday troubles behind,
It’s only 20 per family to get in, I bet you won’t mind.
Go to HHF19.com for your Pass & $5 ride.
You'll be a holiday hero, for that you'll take pride.
Oh, the name of the fest is the Holiday Heritage Faire.
We hope to see you and your whole family there!