Every Dec. 1st, as regular as clockwork, King Grumpy arrives to take up residence at The Royal Palace of The Hedge. I dust off the royal throne, prepare the royal bed in the royal guest room, arrange for additional supplies of his favourite royal beverage & then lie low! When I heard the royal carriage pull into the driveway last night, I disappeared into the far reaches of the palace & waited for the King to summon me. It didn't take long before I heard the royal bellow.
'I've got too much work on, I'm trying to please everyone, I've got no time for myself, I'm a month behind with Invoices, the overdraft's out of control 'cos I haven't had time to bill anyone, my cell phone won't stop ringing, I'm tired, I'm fed up, - I HATE CHRISTMAS!'
Yep, this is the annual Royal Christmas message from His Highness & it never changes. This is the 16th Christmas I've shared with King Grumpy & every year when asked, I give him the same advice as I give the 5 Royal Princes - UNDER PROMISE & OVER DELIVER!! To this end the King has decided to ignore my sage words & every year we have the same drama. I'm counting the hours until King Grumpy departs on Dec. 26th & is replaced by the far more affable King MOTH.
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