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A Visit from St Nicholas

On 24 Dec 2008 at 1:52pm Clement Clarke Moore wrote:
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 winters 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!"
On 24 Dec 2008 at 8:44pm Edward Leer wrote:
I awoke and a fat man in red
Was stood at the foot of my bed
Not Santa!! - the nerve
I saw that the perve
Had emptied his own sack instead
On 25 Dec 2008 at 12:54am Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
Dear Webbo and forum users,
Have an absolutely brilliant day - remain merry!
Love from,
On 25 Dec 2008 at 2:21pm Pearlie wrote:
Happy Christmas One and All xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
On 25 Dec 2008 at 3:10pm Zola wrote:
Merry Christmas everyone.
Love Zola.Xx
On 25 Dec 2008 at 5:46pm Lopster wrote:
Peace and goodwill to one and all
On 26 Dec 2008 at 4:38pm Joe Bugner wrote:
My favourite day!!*!!*!!
On 26 Dec 2008 at 5:15pm fireball wrote:
geat turn out todat at the hunt
On 26 Dec 2008 at 5:59pm Mr Fox wrote:
Can't say I noticed.
On 26 Dec 2008 at 6:46pm jennifer tonks wrote:
A very large happy turnout of people to the hunt.A wonderful sight.To the man with megaphone,sorry i thought you were an idiot protester!All qiuckly resolved when i realized you were there for the master 0f the hunt for him to give his great speech through .

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