Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas Eve!!
All Images on this page Courtesy: The Project Gutenberg
For today... the beautiful and whimsical poem - which most all of us have grown up hearing and loving - "A Visit From St. Nicholas." Even though I have come to know the real St. Nicholas quite well (as well as having nearly 1700 years separating our time on earth allows) I must admit that I love to read this poem each Christmas Eve. I am transported back in time and once again just a little girl listening in rapt attention as my dear father reads it to me.
Many many Blessings for a wonderful Christmas Eve and 1st Day of Christmas tomorrow!!


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 rose 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 mid-day to objects below;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer,
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! Dunder 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 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 month 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 when 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!"
Text of Poem Courtesy: The Project Gutenberg
1862 text: James E. Gregory Publisher


Pat said...

Love that poem - thanks for publishing it here.. and the blessings of Christmas be upon you xx

Junibears said...

Such a beautiful and well loved poem
Ann. Love the Victorian illustrations too. Big Christmas Hugs xx

Gloria said...

Sure love those old pics! Hoping you have a very Blessed Christmas!

Ming said...

Merry Christmas Ann and to all a good night!

Faith said...

Merry Christmas lovely poem.

Bethany said...

Merry Christmas :)

George the Lad said...

I love that poem to
Have a Great Christmas to all of your family
See Yea George xxx

Making Magique said...

awwww beautiful post! you have got me in the Christmas mood!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

XOXO Haleigh @ Making Magique (formerly known as Bardot in Blue)

WhatKarenSees said...

What a wonderful post, the poem and images are perfect for today. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

Ann said...

Perfect poem for todays post. I can almost recite it by heart.

June said...

Hi Ann,
Thank you for sharing my favorite Christmas poem and thank you for your wonderful blog and educating me so much about the holiday.
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a year full of love.
hugs to you from here

Michele said...

wishing you a blessed Christmas Ann! xo

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Ann and to ALL a Happy New Year too!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Great post, love the old pictures! So happy you stopped by it's nice to "meet" you!
Happy New Year


Dorothy said...

Ann, I missed this post last year, but this is one of my favorites also and I love the picture's!

I tried to read your new post about Edward, but when I click on the link from my dashboard, all I get is this post does not exist. That was with IE9, so I tried with Google Chrome..I found it's better to have two browsers, but it tells me the same thing. I would love to hear how Edward is doing, and yes I would also be interested in posting about a colectomy and hearing it from you first hand. Of course I would give you credit for the info and put sweet Edward's picture on my blog also. I will read up on this and when you have the time, you can email me..I have a contact me envelope on my animal blog..with Edward's story. It will be interesting for me to learn about this. I know you are a busy person, so whenever you have the time will be fine. I hope I can find the post again. I'll keep trying. Am I doing something wrong? Give Edward a hug from me and I do hope he's doing better!