Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry, Merry!

'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."



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11 comments:

VE said...

Hey...we did the same song. Ok, well, mine was a parody of this. Merry Christmas!

Little Lamb said...

I hope you have a very merry and joyous Christmas.

NYD said...

Sorry I ain't been a'vistin, but the heathens have been keeping me busy.
Hope that the holidays treat you well and the New Year is bright and sparkley.

leelee said...

Merry merry Christmas Serena..

Best wishes and HUGS!!!

Skunkfeathers said...

Merry Christmas, Serena!

/t. said...

Merry
merry
TO YOU,
SERENA JOY!

<3

Charles said...

Merry Christmas. Wishing good things for you in the future, too.

G-Man said...

Merry Christmas Sherry...G

Mona said...

Merry Christmas again Serena!

Serena said...

I guess we were on the same wave length, VE. Loved your parody. Hope you've had a Merry Christmas.:)

I did, Lamby, and hope you did as well.:)

Heathens can do that, NYD. I trust you have 'em under control now. I wish you a bright and happy New Year.:)

Hugs right back atcha, Leelee. Hope you had a Merry Christmas.:)

Thank you, Skunky, and I hope yours was merry, too.:)

Thanks, /t. I had a Merry, Merry and I'll bet you did, too.:)

Thanks, Charles. All the best in the new year to you as well.:)

It was merry, G, as I hope yours was.:)

Thank you, Mona, and I hope you've had a merry time, too.:)

puerileuwaite said...

Silent Night would have been way better for my ADD.