Honest Holiday Haiku Contest—2024

In the spirit of Scrooge, Santa, and everything in between, we invited writers to pen their most honest holiday haikus. Here we present the winner and finalists.


I could do without
Holidays that have mattress
Sales in their honor

Susan Russo
Arlington, VA


Desi skin will pray
pooja in place of Christmas.
The Jewish get it.

Kashvi Gera
Edison, NJ

Our dog pooped tinsel,
gingerbread doors, mistletoe
spreading so much cheer.

Whitney Weisenberg
Pepper Pike, OH

The menorah sat
in its cupboard. Forgotten.
Just like Lillian.

Charlotte Engel
San Antonio, TX
The contest is closed.