CaliforniaMama Tuesday Dec 25 12:48 PM
December 24, 2012 - Twas the Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house...
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
While mamma in her 'kerchief
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!'
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
CaliforniaMama Tuesday Dec 25 12:49 PM
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
BigV Tuesday Dec 25 03:07 PM
Nice!!! that was nice, thanks and merry christmas Calimama.
ZenGum Tuesday Dec 25 06:31 PM
Thank you for this and everything else all year!
sandypossum Tuesday Dec 25 06:50 PM
Thanks for all your work this year Calimama! Hope 2013 brings you many smoother but equally joyful days!
DanaC Wednesday Dec 26 06:25 AM
Outstanding! That was really brilliant
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