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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Not A Creature Was Stirring....

by Clement Clarke Moore

'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 hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

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

Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

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

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 the lustre of mid-day 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 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.

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

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my hand, 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 of 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 round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful 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; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

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 Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

Felt the need to share these photos from our Christmas card photoshoot last year. Isn't my Sugar the cutest little Mouse you have ever seen?????

17 Live It or Love It:

holly said...

a phrase i need to stop saying "wow. that sugar bear just can't get any cuter."

and then, you get an even cuter pic.

my boy would so not wear anything like this. i had to wrestle him into a halloween *shirt*...yes, a shirt. and he sulked the whole time. that was okay because probably someone wearing a skeleton shirt shouldn't be too happy.


Unknown said...

Sugar Bear is so adorable! And your photography is amazing, a true talent!

:) said...

Corey, This is the cutest thing I have ever seen. I love the costume! and your photography is so much better than any studio.

jennwa said...

I want that custom. That is so cute. What a great way to do a post.

Magpie said...

those are great photos.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! What a darling photo!!

Lis Garrett

Bellevelma said...

Oh, how adorable!

Anonymous said...

Hands down the cutest mouse ever! I agree with Holly - everytime I think you can't post a cuter picture of Miss Sugar, you top it with something that just makes me melt! Happy holidays!

Autumn said...

Love these pictures. You are so very creative, could you pass a little creativity my way please? :)However, I think this years card is my absolute favorite. She is such a doll!

Deb said...

Oh my goodness - how do you come up with these wonderful ideas?! And yes, Sugar Bear makes an absolutely adorable mouse... :)

Megan Cobb said...

Squeak! Doesn't get any cuter'n that, Corey. You have so much fun with that kid and that camera, don't you?

Jo Beaufoix said...

Sugar is just such a cutey. I love how even the mouse suit is too big.
I wish we could pause them here a bit longer too.

Big sighhhh.

Oh and, tag.

Maude Lynn said...

Adorable! What a cute idea for a picture!

Lindy said...

Oh. My. Word! What a doll! :) Those are just beyond precious Corey!

Michelle said...

oh my gosh I just love these pictures! Awsome awsome awsome!

Anonymous said...

I love the photos! Sugar is a great model!

we are reilly said...

Oh yes, she IS the most adorable little mouse I've ever seen -- and I usually scream when I see a mouse! :)

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