A year ago I picked up on a writing challenge on Twitter. With the hashtag #HaikuADVENTure, people were making up haikus related to Advent, the season leading up to Christmas.

Armed with a lack of knowledge on Advent specifically, my haikus soon went off the rails, covering a wide variety of aspects of the season. From consumerism to contemplation, I’ve compiled the bulk of them below – with a few more added this year to help fill out the list. There is something for everyone.

For the reveler who is not down with church terminology:
Googled word “Advent” / So I wouldn’t look stupid / For using it wrong.

For the reveler who is an extroverted hunter:
We mighty hunters / Traverse unforgiving wild / Return with flat screen.

For the reveler who is an introverted hunter:
Shopping Black Friday / Computer and pajamas / Only fights router.

For the reveler who sees the ghost of consumerism’s past:
Saw ad for K-Mart / I could not believe my eyes / K-Mart still exists.

For the reveler who sees the ghost of consumerism’s present:
Spoke with a cut-out / Of Ree Drummond at Walmart / Thinking she was real.

For the reveler who sees the ghost of consumerism’s future:
Forget Santa Claus / A drone delivered my gifts / No chimney needed.

For the reveler who has a geek side:
No haiku right now / I’m going to see Star Wars / mind preoccupied.

For the reveler who decorates on a budget:
The stockings were hung / Despite protest from my toes / My feet are cold now.

For the reveler who goes all out decorating:
The space station called / They can see my lights from there / My power bill weeps.

For the reveler who doesn’t go all out decorating:
Put up lights indoors / but feels more like seedy bar / than it does festive.

For the reveler who has mixed feelings on winter:
Snow on the hillside / awesome display of beauty / Snow on the road. Ick.

For the reveler who is a film critic:
Yule Log is peaceful / director’s commentary / unnecessary.

For the reveler who is resourceful:
Chestnuts are roasting / over chestnut wood as well / we used the whole tree.

For the reveler who sees the big picture:
These memorable times / converge on a single point / and then dissipate.

For the reveler who likes a good origin story
Bathed in the moonlight / it was not the only source / the shepherds realized.

For the reveler who likes finality:
It’s all over now / Valentine’s candy is out / Consumers move on.