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1823 Poem, A Visit From St. Nicholas

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

1823 Poem, A Visit From St. Nicholas
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap -
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon, on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave a luster of midday to objects below;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it 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, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch, to the tope 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 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 tiny hoof.
As I drew 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 foot,
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.
His eyes, how they twinkled! His dimples how merry;
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white 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 young 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 head,
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; and then turned with a jerk,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose
He sprang to his sleigh 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 Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!"
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    Loved that story as a child. Thanks!
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    My Mom had this book, but it was put over the top of her lamp shade and you turned on the lamp and it would light up. We had that as very young children & my Son also seen it & my sister's kids did also! Thank you very much for cheering me up also! I
    told you I think people understand the meaning of Christmas and I'm by myself. I'm
    not able to go to my Son's. Have a Terrific & Blessed Tuesday! LYL!
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Have a Merry Christmas!!
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    This is giving me some holiday cheer that I need this year. I'm glad you all like it. Merry Christmas to all of my SP friends. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    I read this every year to the Grands.. They may be getting to old for it but seem to Humor me... In His Love and Grace Just Me emoticon emoticon
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    I love this story. A Christmas classic. Thank you for posting it. Merry Christmas, Cari to you and all your family. Hugs and Christmas prayers, Judy

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