Saturday, December 24, 2016

'Twas the Night Before (Cubbie) Christmas



'Twas the night before , when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; 

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that  Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds; 

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their s;

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my ,

Had just settled our brains for a    winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, 

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. 

Away to the window I flew like a 

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,

Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,

When what to my wondering eyes did appear, 

But a miniature sleigh and  tiny rein-deer,

With a  old driver so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen! 

On, Comet! on, ! on, Donner and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the ;

So up to the housetop the coursers they flew 

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I  in my head, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his ,

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 pedler just opening his pack. 

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a !

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the  on his chin was as as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly

That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his 


Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, 

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he ;

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—

“Happy  to all, and to all a good night!”


6 comments:

  1. That was done well. Extremely creative. Happy Holidays!

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  2. Very cool. Merry (early) Christmas!

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  3. Very good! That's the most creative post I've seen in a while.

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  4. I love it! Great job! And Merry Christmas!

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  5. Hope you're having an awesome Christmas!

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