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Monday, December 21, 2009

Twas the Night Before Christmas......

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."

This is a repost for the second time. I simply can't let a holiday go by without sharing these photos from our 2006 Christmas card photoshoot. Isn't my Sugar the cutest little Mouse you have ever seen?????

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Joanna said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! What a doll! Thanks for sharing again!

mrsmouthy said...

I would say that's the cutest idea ever, but you've had some other incredibly cute ideas. You are such an artist!

Janet said...

Oh that is my favourite, favourite Christmas poem BUT I couldn't see any of the photo's :( Just white blocks! That's sad, but I am sure they are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Sooo cute, Corey! I was looking at them thinking, wow, Sugar looks a lot younger in these than Ricky, ha ha!! I guess I missed them the last few years! :D

bBchronicles said...

Adorable as always - love the traditional feel to this. Have a wonderful holiday - see you after Christmas. I've been so busy haven't been able to blog the way I like too - guess I'll be back at it in a few days.

Tanya said...

oh my Corey that is just the sweetest!!

Aspiemom said...

Oh, she looks SOOOO adorable! Such a great post! I missed it the first time, so I'm glad you "recycled it."

Merry Christmas!

Christina said...

I remember this post from last yeat, but it never gets old! SO CUTE. It's a close call for cutest mouse ever tho, as my sweet niece was the mouse in the church play we just did. :o)

Marcelle said...

Bless bless bless her...she is the sweetest little blog girl, I know I keep telling you, but that child of yours always puts a smile on my cute was she when she was a little one, I would want to eat her up...

Stunning poem!!!!!!!!!

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