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Twas the night before Christmas FEATURES Dec-23-2011

Fiery-Fire Fiery-Fire 3778 posts

HoHo ho !!! Santa brought features for all of you guys ;)


Christmas toy II
by CarlaSophia


Christmas Lights – Lac Leamy Casino
by Yannik Hay


Crimson And Clover
by James Brotherton


As long as there is candy , there will be Christmas…
by ARIANA1985


the messenger
by autumnsgoddess


Angel
by Alena Lazareva


Escutcheon Forge
by Avantgarda


Holiday Greetings 2011
by Kim Pease


Meowy Christmas Card
by rocamiadesign


Joy Presents
by JHDesigns


Telecom Tree, Auckland, New Zealand.
by Lynne Haselden


Deck the Halls Christmas Card
by wolfepaw

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!”

Interesting ‘didy’ about this piece of writing is:
The first publication date was 23rd December 1823 and it was an immediate success. It was not until 1844 that Clement Clarke Moore claimed ownership when the work was included in a book of his poetry.

;) I just love that poem and could never remember the whole thing – now I do, and hope you all do too ;) lol

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
from myself & Kathleen & Peggi – may you have a loving, peaceful Christmas and your good wishes come true :)))

Jaclyn Hughes Jaclyn Hughes 5308 posts

Thank you very much for the feature and for the story! I hope that all 3 of you fabulous hosts have yourself a magical, wonderful Christmas! hugs Congrats to all the featured artists!

Jackie

PzzPod2252 PzzPod2252 42 posts

Thank you very much for including me in this wonderful feature. Merry Christmas to all. :))))

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