Monday, December 24, 2007
Twas the Night Before Christmas....In Oregon
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the rental,
All the creatures were stirring, making Amy quite mental,
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
Only a little bit covered in Bailey-dog hair.
And Skippy was bustling in the kitchen so busy,
For his Christmas tacos would make quite a tizzy.
And wrapping the gifts on the floor did I sit,
With a big glass of Baily's, the right spot it hit!
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang up from the floor to see what was the matter!
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the vertical blinds in a dash!
The moon shone down bright on the Oregon grass,
And I couldn't believe my own tipsy ass.
Surely I thought, this must be a ruse,
For there's a huge wooden sleigh drawn by Oregon moose!
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, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof
The thudding and thunking of each huge moose hoof.
And as I was calling for Skippy and turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
While we stood there in shock, with our mouths hanging down,
He reached for my Bailey's and said with a frown,
"Oregon's cold on this bright Christmas night,
Go refill this glass, that should make it all right!"
So I hurried away to do Santa's bidding,
Because a cold chilly Santa surely wouldn't be kidding.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
For I think he'd already hit the neighbor's good sherry!
"I'm tired of cookies" he said with a sigh,
You Chicago folks know how to warm up a cold ride.
With a loud hearty chuckle he tossed down his drink,
Then turned 'round and opened his pack with a wink.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
He looked at us gravely, and said with a smile,
Remember that Christmas knows nothing of miles.
You've made some big changes, and had a new start,
But I know that it's hard when loved ones are apart.
So just remember you're lucky, to have love all around,
Love from so many - that's not easily found.
And with a wink and a smile he popped out of sight,
Back up the chimney into the cold Oregon night.
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 Oregon Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."