Tuesday, December 24, 2013

CHRISTMAS EVE - A NIGHT OF WONDER, MAGIC, AND JOY!

As a Christmas gift to his children in 1822, Dr. Clement Moore wrote a poem. It was a simple gift perhaps, but one that represented his love and affection for his family. That poem has become one of the most beloved works throughout the world. So from me to you, may you continue to view the miracle of Christmas through a child’s eye and experience the joy & wonder of its magic.

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
(originally titled A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS)
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 our brains 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 tinny 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, 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 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 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 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!"


And then just for fun, I thought you’d appreciate a little humor.

12 redneck days of Christmas by Jeff Foxworthy 


Merry Christmas to you all! May you be blessed with joy, laughter, and lots of love – as well as good reading.  xoxo

4 comments:

kipha said...

That was awesome!!!!! Brings back my elementary days~

And a Merry Christmas to you too Amy!

Dalila G. said...

What an awesome gift the doctor gave, simple, but filled with love. Lucky children and lucky us! Thanks for posting it, it also brings back many fond memories for me. :-D

What a funny video, believe it or not I never saw this one before....TYVM for my Christmas Eve laugh!!
Wishing you and yours a very happy day filled with joy and loads of laughs!
Merry Christmas!!!

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Ahh love that poem. And goodness the 12 redneck days of Christmas :snort: that's priceless.

Reminds me of this book. My mom loves illustrated kids books and we got her this one for Christmas one year. lol

http://www.amazon.com/Redneck-Night-Before-Christmas-Series/dp/1565542932/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388110529&sr=8-2&keywords=redneck+christmas+books

Amy Valentini said...

LOL! That book looks like fun. I'm by nature a redneck so yes, I'm a big fan of Foxworthy. :-)

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