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  • twas the night before christmas,
  • When all through the house,
  • Not a creature was stirring,
  • Not even a mouse!
  • The stockings all hung
  • By the chimney with care,
  • In hopes that st. nicholas
  • Soon would be there!
  • The children were nestled
  • All safe in their beds,
  • While visions of sugarplums
  • Danced in their heads!
  • And mom in her kerchief
  • And I in my cap,
  • Had just settled down
  • For a long winters 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 the lustre of midday
  • To object below!
  • When what to my wandering eyes
  • Should appear,
  • But a miniature sleigh
  • And eight tiny reindeer!
  • With a little ol driver
  • So lively and quick,
  • I knew in a moment
  • It must be st. nick!
  • More rapid than eagles
  • His courses they came,
  • As he whistled and shouted
  • And called them by name:
  • Now dasher,
  • Now dancer,
  • Now prancer,
  • Now vixen,
  • On comet,
  • On cupid,
  • On doner
  • An blitzen!
  • To the top of the porch,
  • To the top of the wall,
  • Now dash-away, dash-away,
  • Dash-away all!
  • As dry leaves
  • Before the wild hurricane fly,
  • When they meet with an obstacle
  • Mount to the sky.
  • So, up to the housetop
  • The courses 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 drawl little mouth
  • Was drawn up like a bow,
  • And the beard of his chin
  • Was a white as the snow!
  • The stump of his pipe
  • He held tight in his teeth,
  • And the smoke it encircled his head
  • Like a wreath!
  • He had a broad face
  • And a round little belly,
  • That shook when he laughed
  • Like a bowl full of jelly!
  • He was chubby and plump,
  • A right jolly old elf,
  • 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!
  • An laying a finger
  • Along side his nose,
  • An giving a nod,
  • Up the chimney he rose!
  • He sprang to his sleigh,
  • To his team gave a whistle,
  • An away they all flew
  • Like the down of a thistle.
  • But I heard him exclaim
  • As he drove out of sight,
  • Happy christmas to all,
  • And to all a goodnight!
  • Hmmm

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