3 December – Dolly holly

It’s only ever the female holly
that treats December as one long jolly,
dolling herself up from head to toe,
trying to outshine the mistletoe.
Cherry red lipstick on bright berry lips
upstages even the remaining rosehips.
But can you blame her when she knows
she’s going to visit so many homes,
and as she struggles with witty repartee,
how else will she dazzle at every party?
The lady in red knows this is her time
and stealing the show is hardly a crime.
She’s the belle of the ball but look, don’t touch –
hugging holly close hurts far too much!