2017 Visit from St. What’s-his-Name

ADD and Christmas Too
Something wonderful from years ago becoming an OFI tradition

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

Merry Christmas!  I’m sharing one of my favorite Christmas presents with YOU below.

‘Twas the nite before Christmas . . .

I’m about to share one of the most clever of the versions of the rewriting of the Clement Moore original — ESPECIALLY for ADD/EFDers, ADD Coaches and everyone struggling with Executive Functioning challenges and last-minute Christmas oopses!

When you click the link below – and I truly hope you WILL – you will find only a couple of paragraphs of back-story before jumping directly into a really fun story about a Christmas that was almost a disaster.

If you have kids, you will definitely recognize many of your very own Christmas Eves when your children were little – and maybe even STILL!

So I’ll give you a taste below, and then send you over to read the rest — instead of spending my time to keep posting it again and again.  (It’s not that long, and the best part is still to come – so DO click to read it!)

If you share it (and I hope you WILL), you must provide a link back to the post and credit both the Optimal Functioning Institute™ and the author.

BECAUSE it is slated for inclusion in an upcoming ADD Anthology, make sure you don’t drop out “ownership” and link or things might get legal, okay?

Neat links to more Christmas stuff below, by the way.  Check ’em out, and feel free to leave a link to one of your own in the comments below.

IMPORTANT: only one link per comment or you’ll be autospammed.
If you have several, leave ’em in separate comments.

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.

Click to read the entire poem HERE

And don’t forget:

No amount of free web-based information will ever replace personal attention from a skilled expert. Experienced support from a real-live human being is the most valuable thing I have to offer.  And right now I’m practically giving it away.

Tell the Santas in your life that what you want for Christmas this year is a brand new, high-functioning LIFE.

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Attribution with gratitude:

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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available right now – on this site and elsewhere.

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A FEW of my twelve FOURTEEN Pinterest Christmas-themed Boards
(Go Take a look for some Christmas inspiration)

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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!"

34 Responses to 2017 Visit from St. What’s-his-Name

  1. -Eugenia says:

    I miss you. I hope all is okay. Sending hugs, xo

    Liked by 1 person

  2. purpleslob says:

    Hi lady! I hope you had a Merry Christmas, and are having a good new year! I am!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. mike2all says:

    Hope the New Year will be a good one.

  4. lwbut says:

    I’ve been spending more time in the ‘real’ world lately so have been less on-line but wanted to drop in and wish you a Wonderful Christmas and a Trump-free New Year! 🙂 🙂 🙂


    Liked by 1 person

  5. Hello! Excuse the very late re-visit. There has been something grazy last days.Wish you wonderful holidays. Michael


  6. Lol!! Love it, Madelyn! Merry Christmas1

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sageleaf says:

    Hehe, I always love references to ‘Twas the Night before Christmas – well done there! Ha. A few years ago, I took the eight reindeer, added Rudolph and “Olive” (because “‘all of’ the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names, lol) and wrote an article about how there are now 10 reindeer. What’s funny is that the comments I still get on that article are hilarious: what!? There’s a 10th reindeer? NO! How can you invent another reindeer?”
    I always have to giggle because people either love it or just can’t fathom how I’ve made up another reindeer…even though the first nine were made up, too. And apparently Rudolph was a Montgomery Ward marketing gimmick when he was invented. lol.
    Anyways, see what your article did there? It made me go on a Christmas tangent. 😉 I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
    And…I saw that diddy up there about net neutrality. Allz I can say is that the sooner this entire nightmare ends, the better. *sigh*

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  8. swamiyesudas says:

    Hello, MG! Great poem. But I liked the ‘Messy Christmas’ greeting best. Anyway, had just cleaned up my table last month, so it is not too much of a sight. It can go on for a few years!

    Wish You Happy times. Love and Regards. 🙂


  9. Tina Frisco says:

    Then under the mistletoe
    We stopped for a kiss
    And whispered, “Ho! Ho! Ho!
    How perfect is this!”

    Merry Christmas, Madelyn! 💖💖

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Jennie says:

    Great post, Madelyn. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. K E Garland says:

    Nice post! Thanks for the re-blog and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Christy B says:

    Hi Madelyn, I appreciate the link up to the gift post on my blog. Giving counselling sessions is a wonderful present that would help so many people. I wish you and yours a lovely Christmas seasons. I am glad to have found you over on Pinterest now too! xo


  13. mike2all says:

    T’will be the night ere Christmas, yet no mice will be stirring. They’ll be shaken. 007

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Wonderful share, Madelyn. ❤ Merry Christmas! xo

    Liked by 1 person

  15. paulandruss says:

    A festive post Madelyn! Love the poem, hiliarious. Have a lovely Christmas!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. What an awesome poem, Madelyn. I must say that I never really understood what ADD was until I started reading your blog.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. colinandray says:

    Loved it, and I have family connections that make it particularly logical as well as humorous. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Merry Christmas – and thanks for ringing in. I think we ALL have at least one of those “family connections,” Colin. formally diagnosed or not!

      Although a well-known British pundit likes to say our ADD figures are inflated, he is clearly NOT an ADD expert and IS clearly substituting personal opinion for medical scientific findings.

      For what it’s worth, I think the statistics are UNDER-reported, given what I know and what I see. God Bless Us every one! 🙂


  18. this could be so me…. we have everything on a kitchen cabinet (because of the counter surfer) and there is such a chaos now… but I’ve found the 10-bucks giftcard from a store back there… yay… sadly it’s expired since october 30th… crap ;O)))

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Sue Vincent says:

    Happy Christmas to you and to Tink xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  20. tmezpoetry says:

    Truly a wonderful, heartfelt gift as just within the last two hours we put up our Christmas tree and have yet to do any Christmas shopping!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Wonderful post as always Madelyn and so cute We Wish you a Messy Christmas. It happens sometimes too and the poem is so beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. LOL Very cute! I hope you are feeling better! 😻

    Liked by 2 people

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