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Christmas Poem

Christmas Cheer for 2014 from us to you this holiday season with a special remembrance to Clement Clarke Moore 1779-1863 with his wonderful poem "A Visit from St. Nicolas", often referred by many as "Twas the Night Before Christmas".

The Poem

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 arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the 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 mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

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, 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.
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 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.
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!
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!"

Other Things to Consider



Listen to an exception guitar player this Christmas in Walter Rodriques Jr. with his rendition of The Christmas song.


We are especially fond of Christmas movies and animation, so here is a film that may attract your fancy, which we believe captures the spirit of fairy tales and embodies the goodness associated with many seasonal holidays - check out the YouTube trailer for Dream Works "The Rise of the Guardians".  We recommend attaining the movie while enjoying close watch at the nuances available to you - buried right in front of you - to tickle your spirits.

(Wisdom Sidebar) We believe in Dream Works and love their long-term contributions: this referenced film is pure delight to us. The writing, casting, technology, humor, and of course the depiction of good and evil across the entire film is a complete wonder to us. Our favorite characters are St. Nicholas, the Easter Bunny, Sandman, Tooth and naturally Jack Frost - his awakening reminds us of a few things.

We are realizing that it's a great place for people to understand some mentoring/coaching fundamentals - gems available for the taking. By the way, we really loved the tattoo's on St. Nic's forearm's "Naughty" and "Nice" as a bow to past and current culture - who'd thunk you could pack so much tongue-in-cheek in one film?

Talent to Enjoy

We have added a few new pages this year, specifically the Enlighting Wonders and invite you to review some very talented people at Talent to Watch.

2015 Holds Great Promise for Us All

If you are like us, you are excited about this new year ahead: the possibilities and opportunities seem endless. 2015 will have us highlighting special films with clips and our comments about how they may bring you joy and laughter to lighten your day - all designed for you about the humorous side of being on-purpose with your life!!!


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