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ELIZABETH MCQUEEN - ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

'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;



RAY BENSON - ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

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,



TERRY LEONINO - MAGPIE

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.



GREG ARTZNER - MAGPIE

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.



BRYAN THOMAS

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,



TINA BERGMANN

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,



DREW - THE POLYJESTERS

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.



AARON YOUNG - THE POLYJESTERS

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;



JASON VALLEAU - THE POLYJESTERS

"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!

On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER and BLITZEN!



SHELDON VALLEAU - THE POLYJESTERS

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"



DAVID WILCOX

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,



SUZZY ROCHE

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.



MAGGIE ROCHE

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.



TERRE ROCHE

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.



HAL WALKER

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;



MIKHAIL SMIRNOV

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.



ALYOSHA SINIAVSKI

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!



APRIL VERCH

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;



PETE MORTON

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;



BETH BRAMHAUL

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.



BILL MIZE

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;



ANNIE LALLEY

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;



JOE EBEL

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,



DAVID MASSENGILL

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;



JIM BLUM

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.



JOE GUNDERMAN

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

"HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!"