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'Twas...

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 24 December 2012 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

'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 down for a long winter's 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 a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he 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 Blixen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop 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 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,
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—
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Blessings to all!

NIKON D80 1/125 second F/5.3 ISO 1600 48 mm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 2012 6:15am

@Steve Rice: And to you as well, Steve.

tatar@y from france, France

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♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Joyeux♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Noel♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪
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24 Dec 2012 8:05am

@tatar@y: Merci!

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

Love the treatment and the quaint pretty house. Popping in to wish you and your family a blessed Christmas and wonderful time together!

24 Dec 2012 2:36pm

@tyan: :)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I can almost see two wee boys nestled in Christmas stockings for photos this year.
Although they're a bit young for gingerbread houses, I am sure wonderful traditions will grow in your family, year by year!

Blessings to your and yours as you celebrate Christ's birthday.

24 Dec 2012 6:11pm

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

Merry Christmas, VF and a Very Happy New Year to you and yours!

24 Dec 2012 6:38pm

Z from Shanghai, China

Wonderful grainy b&w ! Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 2012 11:12pm

NIKON D80
1/125 second
F/5.3
ISO 1600
48 mm

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