Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve....

I'm not blogging much today and I'm sure not many other people will either. The only thing I have to do today is bake another batch of cookies and run to the pet store for a little "surprise" for Harley and LuLu!!

I wanted to give you this very famous poem but still a favorite of mine....and to wish each and every person who reads my blog a very Merry Christmas. I do so appreciate everyone who makes my blog one of their stops in blogland.

A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS
By Clement Clark 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 hope 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 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 a sleigh full of toys, ---and Saint 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 Saint 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 pedlr 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, whe 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:
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

12 comments:

  1. Hope you have a nice, peaceful and wonderful couple days here.

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  2. Warm wishes for a Merry Christmas

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  3. I can see that your Christmas is filled with the spirit of play and childhood delights... Thanks for the poem, which is brings me sweet memories of my Dad.

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  4. Merry Everything!! Peace. Kai

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  5. Have a Very Merry Christmas Janet!

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  6. Hi Janet, your love of color and texture and all things beautiful shines through in your choice of Christmas goodies for us to enjoy, thank you...

    Doing my Christmas day 'visiting' - first time since I've started to blog, this is good fun and so much to see and read, very special - next year I'll know better and leave more time - lucky I don't have a houseful of people, and visiting this way keeps me off the roads.

    Hoping you have a wonderful day filled peace and love and everything you could wish for yourself.

    "HAPPY CHRISTMAS JANET"
    :-)
    Della

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  7. Merry Christmas, Janet!!

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  8. Janet loved your Christmas Blog. You are so good at blogging. I just cant seem to get the hang of blogging. I do hope you have A Wonderful Christmas today.
    Love
    Lottie

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  9. My favorite poem! Hoping your having a wonderful and bless Christmas my dear friend!

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  10. I still get chills, it was always read to me on Christmas Eve as a child.
    It takes me way way back that one does.
    Happy Christmas Janet.
    xoxoxo
    Happy New Year too!

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  11. Dear Janet, Happy christmas holidays to you my dear friend.

    Did you know that a little hand made heart with a beautiful teacup on the front graced our Christmas tree and helped me find myself again!

    Did you know this little heart showed me friendship and kindness when nothing else could "fix" my sorrow.

    Did you know that this lovely little heart warmed me when I just could not warm myself as my heart felt so cold.

    Janet thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindess for your friendship and for knowing that this little heart would do what had to be done.

    We had a lovely christmas and grandchildren and family enjoyed all the joys of the season as I am sure your family did also.

    I look forward to many more chats and much friendship over this new year ahead.

    blessings from Lee-ann

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  12. Hope your Christmas was wonderful. I love that poem, too!!

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