Monday, December 24, 2012

'Twas The Night Before Christmas...

...when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

Freckles the Dog

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;

Freckles the Dog

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down 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.

Freckles the Dog

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,

Freckles the Dog
Domeek's photo from Disneyland, two years ago.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

Fantasy of Lights, Los Gatos

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!

Freckles the Dog
The Rockettes!

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,

Freckles the Dog

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.

Freckles the Dog
Oh my dog, what was that???

As I drew in my hand, 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;

Freckles the Dog
Hm, someone sounds like he needs a bath too!

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!

Freckles the Dog
Yep, certainly snow like!

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;

Hm, slightly creepy, Santy Paws!

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;

Freckles The Dog

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,

Freckles the Dog

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.

Freckles the Dog

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

Freckles the Dog

Happy Happy Christmas to all my wonderful Bloggie friends!!

I hope that you all get everything that your hearts desire, eat wonderfully nummy treats, and get snuggles from all those who you love!!


  1. you look so cute tucked up in your bed - have a wonderful christmas

  2. Merry Christmas brother Goose.

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


  4. Happy Christmas to you, too. We love your rendition of 'The Night Before Christmas'!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  5. Merry Christmas to you, Goose!!