Happy Holidays!
  • '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 my 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 a lustre of midday to objects below,
  • When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
  • But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
  • With a little old driver so lively and quick,
  • I knew in a moment he 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, Donner and Blitzen!
  • To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
  • Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!'
  • As 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 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 pedler 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 round 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; 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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