Sunday, December 24, 2017

'Twas the night before Christmas...

By Clement Clarke Moore

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
Well, of course not.  Da Harlow took care of him last Tuesday.
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,

Dad wears da cap?  Since when?
Had just settled down 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.
Da Harlow would like to see dis "sprang from the bed"...  Dad not so much a morning person...  Just saying...
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,
Momma's gonna get cold if you open da windows at night.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny 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!

Say what?
Gonna have to chase them.
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.
Oooo, da Harlow likes toys!
 And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
Iz going to have to bark, da Momma.  It's in da Princess contract.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
Down da chimney?  How'd he do dat?
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
Da Momma just cleaned - he better not get dat stuff everywhere.
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;
He's gonna pet da Harlow while he's here, right?
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,
Ramble got noms, right?

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,
Dat was good, da Momma!  Tell da Harlow another one.

Maybe next year?

Merry Christmas to all our friends
 from all of us at How Sam Sees It!
Monty, Harlow, Ramble, Aaron and Christine


  1. BOL. BOL. BOL. I loved dat version. Gonna giggle all day. Merry Christmas to all of you. 🐶

  2. A very Merry Christmas to you all from your friends in AZ who miss you very much!!!!

  3. We hope woo heard our silly mom chukhkling all the way from PA!

    Happy HOWLiday!

    Khyra&Holly&Khousin Emmy

  4. So cute! Merry Christmas to all of you!

  5. Thanks for the wonderful Christmas giggle !!
    Merry Christmas!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy

  6. You guys are cute! Merry Christmas!

  7. WAIT! Did da Harlow really get a mouse!??! Score!!!
    Merry Christmas to all of you - and your bipeds, too!
    Cam and Maggie

  8. OMCs you got mices and to top that off you made my mom giggle like a 5 year old...and she is way past 5.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  9. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! That is a very good story! Did it really happen? Did you get pets and noms???

  10. I love the photos! You did a perfect job matching them with the story. LOL!

  11. Ha ha you really make me laugh with your funny photo captions!!
    Merry Christmas to the whole family!
    Lots of licks, your good friend Morrie :)

  12. What a great Christmas story ! We loved the pup's comments - they make us laugh every time we read them!

    Inca xx

  13. Belated Merry Christmas wishes and all the best for a very Happy New Year in 2018!!!

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  14. hello evrybuddy its dennis the vizsla dog hay harlow monty and ramble that wuz sum gud poetry analysis their the hipster kitties aproov!!! happy noo yeer to all of yoo!!! ok bye

  15. We enjoyed reading your Christmas poem and wish you all a very Happy New Year.

    Sending you lots of woofs from New Zealand,
    Riley and Ezno

  16. Wonderful poem!

    Happy New Year! All the best for 2018.

  17. And a very Merry Christmas to you and the family!