Saturday, 24 December 2011

A Berry Merry Christmas to All

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!"

Merry Christmas from Noir Nights. Thanks for all your love and support this past year. I have made some wonderful friends and met many talented writers. We will be back in the new year with the next generation of Noir Nights - Rambling Writes

Authors Note: For those of you who aren't familiar with it the poem in this update is Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.


  1. Ohmahgosh... I couldn't help but laugh when I started reading this, because I almost did the *exact* same thing!! I'm glad I didn't!

    It turned out absolutely marvelous--I loved every bit of it! And seeing the kids... Aaaaaaah, so cute. T___T That family pic at the end is adorable.

    Your shots are so lovely and unique, sweetie--I'm glad you finally got it posted!

    Hope you had a fabulous Christmas holiday--and that you have as equally fabulous a New Years. Love ya!! ♥

  2. It might have been a bit late but it was a lovely post none the less.

    Well done, it's a thing of beauty

  3. Loved it!! That was so cute! :) Ooooh I can't wait for River's generation! I just know it will be amazing. Rambling Writes... Do we have an author in the family? :D Eeeeeeeeeeeep!

  4. This was such a cute idea! Santa makes a great Berry sweet.

    Whats up with Ice in the family pic lol he looks like someone may have pinched his behind :D

  5. Very cute, and a lot of work, Love all the pictures and the story is time less, (lol) C.C. Moore would be proud. Wishing you the best for the New Year. <3


  6. Too adorable for words. Can't wait for Rambling Writes.

  7. Hi there!

    I've been following your blog from the start and thought it was about time that I commented :)
    Your story is great, can't wait to
    The little christmas special was adorable, I loved seeing them all together in the last photo ^^


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