Wesley discovers that the whole ‘not a creature was stirring’ Christmas story was a myth.

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UploadedDecember 13, 2010
TakenDecember 11, 2010
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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

by Clement Clarke Moore or Henry Livingston

'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 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."

35 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is so funny!! I wonder what he is making.

  • Dorothy Menosky

    Dorothy Menosky gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    Hahahahaha! Looks like he's "stirring" up some trouble.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    LOL!!!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    I bet it is chocolate mousse! LOL!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    LOVE IT!!

  • peter bodigor

    peter bodigor gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    How come noboy is spooning in bed?

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    susan, this is so wonderful! (and btw, it sure was a myth in our household -- the 'rents were up late and i was always bolt awake and wired shortly after they finally fell into bed. it was not a silent night by any stretch.)

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    Ever heard of a "purple jesus?" Oh, sorry. You were too young to party in the late 60's . . .

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    hahahahaha! I love that story.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    Lol!!!! : D

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    Super! Love it!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    Delightful!!!!!!!!!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    Merry Christmas Susan!!!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (13 Dec 2010):

    What a take on this lovely old rhyme. My Mum always used to read this to the young ones on Christmas Eve from a tattered old book....brings back such warm memories. Good King Wesley has certainly found a 'right one!'

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    This is a real hoot, Susan!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    OH yes,,I figured as much..they lied to us,,we lied to our children..LOL...wonderful Susan

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) said (13 Dec 2010):

    Oh and I love your version..wow...lol

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    ROFL!!! Merry Christmas to all!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    This is so funny and love your work! Thank you so much for the good humor and you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (13 Dec 2010):

    This is a good one Sue !!!!!!!

  • Minno Ramírez Terrón

    Minno Ramírez Terrón gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    Merry Christmas, Susan!!! :-)

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    I used to read this to the children at christmas, thanks for bringing back a wonderful memory and for the great pic!

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (14 Dec 2010):

    is that the mouse from Ratatouille?? He was an amazing cook.. Wondered why he hasn't moved into my house.. LOLOL funny and creative as usual my friend

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (15 Dec 2010):

    merry christmas susan!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (15 Dec 2010):

    :-) ... Lovely and Merry Christmas Susan!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (15 Dec 2010):

    BWHAHAHA! Great! Merry Christmas, Suz! I hope this got published!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (15 Dec 2010):

    A W E S O M E !!!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (15 Dec 2010):

    Awesome, like usual!!!

  • Lesley S

    Lesley S gave props (16 Dec 2010):

    The caption on this one made me laugh even before I saw the picture - which, of course, made me laugh all the more!! Still chuckling!

  • Pete Jeffers

    Pete Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (17 Dec 2010):

    Brilliant Susan, as always!!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (18 Dec 2010):

    Just brilliant Susan, Merry Xmas..

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Dec 2010):

    Happy Xmas!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (20 Dec 2010):

    Too funny, Susan! I can't believe that you typed that whole poem! I had to memorize it when I was 9, and have never forgotten it. The mouse looks like it is making a surprise for the sleeping "creatures".

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (23 Dec 2010):

    What is the mouse making ?, it looks like he/she/it has a snakes tounge in the mix....

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (29 Dec 2010):

    Marvelous.......Merry Christmas once more ~ !!!!! :)

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