Monday, December 23, 2013

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Here's my illustrated version of Clement Clarke Moore's classic.............

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

My house.....different Christmas!

not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney staircase with care,

Guess which one is mine? There's a hint provided further down.

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 Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap.

When out on the roof 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 shutter, and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

What snow?!

gave the lustre of midday sunrise to objects below,

when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer one tiny Cardi-dear.

Yes! That's Jimmy riding point!

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

Hope no reindeer run out in front of Santa's motorcycle!

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 Jimmy! Now Wilson!
Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid!
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.

I stole these hooves off the internet! Does anybody recognize who they belong to?

As I drew in my head and was turning around,
down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. 

By far, my favorite Christmas character!

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!

This little jar comes from my earliest Christmas memories!
It's well over 50 years old.

His droll little mouth 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,

Not looking so jolly! What's up with that?!

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!"

'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.


  1. Hee hee, that was very cute! Love all the great pics. Have a great Christmas!

  2. OMD, so cute! (Are those Dewey & JF's "hooves"?) Love the Grinch. Would love to see your Lenox Grinch tree!

    1. No, not Dewey and JF.....someone in my blogroll however ;-)

  3. Nice work, Taryn! Those photos were screaming to be in this parody ;) (And kudos to you for knowing the poem! It was all new to me once I got to this verse: "The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow." Was that line censored back in the day?)

    Also, Porter and Stout?

    Happy Christmas!

  4. It's the Brew brothers! Several photos made me guffaw! Merry Christmas!

  5. Nice post!

    It was cute.

    Merry (early), X-mas!

  6. Very clever post and the pictures fit perfectly

  7. Excellent post and the boys in bed made us chuckle. We wish you a happy holiday and a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.
    Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  8. great post you sure have a lovely house

    retro rover

  9. Awesome post and love the pictures to go along with them (and the edits!). Who doesn't love the Grinch!!
    Merry Christmas
    ~Rebecca & Teach

  10. So cute! Loved it. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  11. Adorable post! The pictures match so wonderful with the tale, love it.

  12. Oh, this was FABulous!!! I loved it!! Pawfect post...I will dream of it tonight...well, that and tree rats ~ they are drivin' me NUTS!!
    Okays, you guys have the most FABulous Merry Christmas ever!!!
    Don't drink too much, or eat too much...okays, never mind....
    Ruby ♥

  13. Hi, I hopped to you from KB. what a wonderful way you have with words and photos. I just had to smile!!! I can see your doggies will have a fab time too. Greetings from Jean. New Zealand.

  14. Look at all that snow. And there you are...all cozy in your hat

  15. That was very sweet! Your house is beautiful! I knew right away that the Grinch stocking was yours!! :)

  16. Absolutely wonderful! (clapping hands & whistling) I loved every picture but the one of them in your bed is maybe one of my favorites. I agree with everyone else, your home is beautiful! Have a wonderful Christmas <3

  17. Great rendition. Hope Santa Paws is good to you.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    We like the Grinch, too.

  18. What a great Christmas story, I simply love it.

  19. Love this post :) and a Very Happy Christmas to all of you :)

  20. Are you pulling the sleigh in Colorado too? We're leaving out cookies for you! What a wonderful, funny, and uplifting post!

    Merry Christmas!

  21. Ahahaha, super illustrations and tweaks to the story, I loved it!
    Merry merry woofy christmas to you all,
    Pippa :)

  22. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!!!!

  23. LOVED this post! It made me smile and chuckle too. :) I hope you guys had a Merry Christmas!

  24. Great new header! ... Reminding me I need to start the party now!

  25. *squeeeee* *claps hands* This is wonderful! And I love your new header!!

    Have you seen the Cajun Night Before Christmas?

  26. Ah this was great! Love all the photos especially your Grinch, my favourite!

  27. Awww, that was wonderful. Love that Santa head :)


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